On Wednesday afternoon, the Pittsburgh Steelers received a scare when veteran corner Joe Haden was carted off the field.
Initial reports were vague, but suggested the Steelers top corner suffered a lower body injury.
Nearly an hour after the first reports came out, ESPN’s Adam Schefter calmed every Steelers fan’s nerves.
According to Schefter, Haden suffered “what is being described as a ‘minor ankle’ injury.” Pittsburgh fans can breath a huge sigh of relief after momentarily panicking when Haden was first carted off the field.
Steelers’ CB Joe Haden, who was carted off the practice field today, suffered what is being described as “a minor ankle” injury, per source. Looks like major injury averted.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 7, 2019
According to additional reports, Haden was able to walk off the field under his own power. However, he did ride in the front of the cart to the medical tent.
Haden is entering his third season with the Steelers after spending his first seven seasons with the rival Cleveland Browns.
The former Florida star is in the final year of his contract. He and the Steelers were expected to work on a deal during the off-season and there has been momentum on reaching a deal before the season kicks off, according to multiple reports.
Haden offers a veteran presence among Pittsburgh’s young defensive backs. He’s the unquestioned leader among the DB’s and is expected to play a major role in the team’s success this season.