Haden Pulled From Practice For Being Too Physical
BEREA, Ohio — The heat of competition went too far during the Browns last day of training camp.
Cornerback Joe Haden was sent off of the practice field by head coach Pat Shurmur Wednesday for being too physical with his own teammates. Coach Shurmur refused to comment on the incident and said it is between him and the player.
“I have a great deal of respect for Joe,” Shurmur said. “If you want details you’re going to have to find it on Twitter.”
Joe Haden Tweeting is unlikely though, if he learned anything from teammate Mohamad Massaquoi’s Twitter incident.
In the team’s preseason win over the Detroit Lions, Shurmur said his wide receiver had a concussion. Massaquoi then took to Twitter and Tweeted, “No! Precautionary! Can’t wait to get back to work!” Shurmur then made it very clear that he was not a fan of Tweeting team issues and wants them to be left off of the social media site.
Haden did not seem happy leaving the field, but Shurmur said he will do what it takes to keep this team safe.
“I want all of our guys to make it to the horse race in safety,” Shurmur said. “All of my thoughts revolve around our players and our team. I think it’s very important that we practice fast and we’re smart.”
Shurmur did not apologize or say he over-reacted. He simply said he wishes the fans didn’t have to see the dispute on the last day of camp.
“My only apology is that I used bad language and the fans were here to see it,” Shurmur said. “Joe is a great competitor and I appreciate what he does and who he is and that is the last you will hear my talk about it.”
On the last day of training camp, many would understand why players would get overly competitive. Haden was excessively aggressive and Shurmur is only concerned with the safety of the team. I am sure he would appreciate the effort against an opponent, but today’s practice was not the time.