The 29-year-old cornerback Joe Haden originally injured his hamstring on a special-teams play in the Steelers’ 21-21 tie against Cleveland. Pittsburgh plans to be cautious with Haden’s recovery, the report says.
Haden had three tackles and a pass breakup before suffering the injury. His status for the Steelers' game against the Chiefs on Sunday is uncertain, according to the report.
Haden, who is entering his ninth Football season, was signed by the Steelers just before the start of the 2017 regular season. Haden enjoyed a strong first season in Pittsburgh while helping the Steelers finish fifth in the league in pass defense last season. Haden, who earned two Pro Bowl selections during his time with the Cleveland Browns, was asked by 247Sports about his individual goals for the upcoming season.
“We’ll find out more tomorrow,” Haden said after the Steelers and Cleveland Browns played to a 21-21 tie. “I just know it’s my hamstring. I’m going to figure it out.” Haden's injury will leave a void in the Steelers secondary that won't be easily filled if he misses extended time.
Mike Hilton will likely step into an increased role with Haden out of the lineup. The 24-year-old recorded 64 tackles during his rookie season in 2017, mostly playing slot corner. Haden has not played a full Football season since 2010.