Steelers’ Joe Haden suffers injury, tweets he’ll be ‘just fine’ |

Steelers’ Joe Haden suffers injury, tweets he’ll be ‘just fine’

Kevin Gorman
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Steelers cornerback Joe Haden defends receiver Tevin Jones during practice Aug. 7, 2019 at Saint Vincent College. Soon after this play, Haden walked off the practice field to be evaluated for an apparent injury.

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden suffered an undisclosed injury early during practice Wednesday, but he downplayed the severity.

Haden left the session early on a cart, according to, and will not play in Friday’s preseason opener.

On Wednesday night, Haden tweeted thanks to fans for their thoughts and prayers and said he’ll be “just fine.”

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Haden was suffering from “a minor ankle injury.”

“Looks like major injury averted,” the post to Schefter’s verified Twitter account read.

The team did not get into specifics.

“(Haden) is being evaluated for an injury and it will be updated after the game (Friday),” Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten said.

Because the locker room is up a steep hill from Chuck Noll Field, it is not uncommon for players to leave practice by riding one of the motorized golf carts around Saint Vincent. Even healthy players often opt to transport to the locker room on carts.

Haden was seen limping after a team drill. He met with trainers and left in the passenger side of a golf cart.

He made a tackle during an 11-on-11 drill early in practice, and it appeared that players on offense and defense became somewhat entangled during that rep.

As a 10-year veteran, Haden was not expected to play in Friday’s preseason game at Heinz Field even if healthy.

A two-time Pro Bowl pick, Haden started 15 games for the Steelers last season, finishing with 15 tackles, 12 passes defensed, two interceptions and one forced fumble. He missed the Kansas City Chiefs game with a hamstring injury. Haden fractured his femur in 2017 and missed five games.

Haden is in the final year of his contract with the Steelers and told the Tribune-Review on Tuesday that contract extension talks were “going well.”

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Kevin Gorman is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Kevin by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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