Joe Haden will be missing the Steelers’ next game this coming Monday against the Cincinnati Bengals, and he still doesn’t have an estimated date for his return to the team.
But that doesn’t seem to be too big of an issue for Haden. It looks like Mike Tomlin is waiting for Haden to come back and that is pushing Haden forward.
Haden suffered a fractured fibula against the Indianapolis Colts mid-November. He recently got off crutches and posted a video on social media of him riding a stationary bike and walking on a water treadmill which is giving his peers and coaches hope for a quick return. The nice thing for Haden is he knows there’s still a spot waiting for him when he gets back to the team.
“That is something I never had to worry about. I’m really excited,” said Haden. “Coach (Mike) Tomlin said he’s keeping the light on for me. It’s a bone. Your body has to heal. I’m just doing as much as I possibly can, but at the same time, knowing I don’t want to rush it because your bone has to heal.”
Haden explained that when he first sustained the injury he didn’t understand how bad it actually was. He attempted to run along the sidelines but had to go to the locker room for x-rays.
“It was the worst feeling ever,” said Haden. “I had a thigh bruise before, but it felt like a bruise on the side of my calf. I told the trainer. ‘I’ll be good. Just give me 60 seconds.’ I tried to run again, and I felt the clicking. That’s when we went back and got the x-ray and saw that I fractured my fibula.”
Haden still attends meetings and practices with the team which allows him to keep on top of everything going on. He has said that whenever he makes his return to the team, he will be ready and won’t need too much lead time to prepare.
“It doesn’t matter as long as I’m able to make the cuts, jumping, moving,” said Haden. “I’ll be able to go two days before a game.”