NFL looking into why Joe Haden was deactivated

Browns cornerback Joe Haden was deactivated despite being listed as probable this weekend.
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By Larry Brown

The NFL is looking into why cornerback Joe Haden was listed on the injury report as “probable” by the Cleveland Browns but did not play in Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers Week 4.

A player listed as probable means just what the tag indicates; the player has a 75 percent chance of playing and in all likelihood is going to play. Even most players listed as questionable tend to play.

When a player is listed as probable but does not play, the league has questions and tends to want answers. That is happening in this case.

Pro Football Talk reports that the league is “looking into” why Haden did not play.

The Browns have 48 hours to respond and explain what happened.

On Monday, Browns head coach Mike Pettine explained that they left the decision up to Haden, who has a broken finger and rib injury, and the cornerback decided he could not play. The inactive listing surprised many of his teammates, which indicates there was no funny business from Cleveland. Perhaps Pettine should have just listed Haden as questionable on the injury report.

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