Joe Haden #23 of the Cleveland Browns reacts on the field during the closing moments of the Browns 2014 loss to the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.
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BEREA, Ohio - Browns cornerback Joe Haden has been suspended by the NFL for four games starting immediately, the league said on Monday.
The third-year player violated the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances, the NFL said. He is suspended without pay and will lose $1.356 million in salary.
Haden will be back on the team’s active roster on Oct. 8, after the Browns play the New York Giants on Oct. 7.
Haden appealed the suspension and was still waiting on word prior to Cleveland's opener on Sunday against the Eagles. The Browns lost 17-16, despite four interceptions by Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick, including one picked up by Haden.
The NFL did not comment on what substance Haden was taking, but reports indicate it was Adderall, which is on the league's banned substance list.
Last month, Haden was picked off the practice field by head coach Pat Shurmur, who said the cornerback was playing too physical for rookie wide receiver Travis Benjamin during a passing drill.
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