Cleveland (WOIO) - Joe Haden has shut down some of the top receivers in the NFL this season, but Sunday, he may get a chance at a new challenge: Calvin Johnson, the Lions' record-setting receiver, who's been nursing a knee injury, but did return to practice on Thursday.
Johnson, or Megatron as his fans call him, participated in light drills, and is expected to be a game-time decision.
Already this season Haden, who's playing at a Pro Bowl level, has shut down the Dolphins' Mike Wallace, holding the former Steeler to one reception, and the Bengals' A.J. Green, limiting the two-time Pro Bowler to 7 catches for 51 yards. But at least one man wants to see Haden take it up another notch.
"He's a work in progress", said Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton. "He gets the inside joke, Patrick (Peterson, who played for Horton in Arizona) wouldn't have done that. It's a way to challenge a player, to get him to be even better than he thinks he can be."
The Browns have won three straight, with much of the focus lately on the quarterback situation, but it's the defense that has set the tone for this team this season, and Sunday's challenge will just be the latest. After this, the Browns are looking at back-to-back road games, in Green Bay and Kansas City.