BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns cornerback Joe Haden hopes to deliver Rex Ryan a lump of coal on Sunday.
Haden returned to practice Friday after missing two days with a bruised hip and said he may play in Sunday's game against the New York Jets. On a conference call earlier this week, Ryan, the Jets' loquacious coach, praised the talented Haden as a "rare guy" and joked that one of the items on his Christmas list was for the cornerback to miss this week's game.
"Man, I'm Bad Santa," Haden cracked.
Haden was limited to riding a stationary bike on Thursday, but he was back on the field Friday and looked to be himself while doing sprints and drills during the portion of practice open to reporters. Haden was injured last week against Chicago when he was hit in the hip by Chicago tackle Jermon Bushrod's knee while trying to make a tackle on a running play.
Haden, arguably Cleveland's best defensive player, will likely be a game-time decision. Of course, he wants to play.
"If it was up to me, I'm always going to ball," he said. "That's what I want to do. I want to play. Let's put it there. I want to play, for sure."
Haden is having a Pro Bowl-worthy season for the Browns (4-10), who have dropped five straight and eight of nine. Although Haden has given up some big plays in Cleveland's past three losses, Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton believes the fourth-year cornerback, who has been assigned to cover the opposition's top receiver every week, has played at a consistent, elite level.
"When you look at the body of his work, he's had a fantastic year," Horton said.
The Browns will be without starting tight end Jordan Cameron on Sunday as he remains sidelined with a concussion. Cameron, who leads the Browns with 75 receptions, was also injured at some point late in the loss to the Bears. He's following the NFL's guidelines on head injuries and must be cleared by an independent neurologist before he can play.