Steelers’ Joe Haden (hamstring) returns to practice, ‘feels a whole lot better’ |

Steelers’ Joe Haden (hamstring) returns to practice, ‘feels a whole lot better’

Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Steelers cornerback Joe Haden breaks up a pass intended for the Browns' Josh Gordan during the third quarter Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.

Joe Haden returned to what the Pittsburgh Steelers called full practice participation Thursday and said his injured hamstring “feels a whole lot better.”

Haden, the team’s top cornerback, suffered his injury during the Week 1 tie at Cleveland and did not practice at all last week heading into the game against Kansas City that he did not play in.

“Feels a whole lot better than last week,” Haden said. “If I would have tried last week, it would have been all bad. This week it feels a whole lot better. I’m able to run. We’re taking the steps to see how it gets because we have until Monday.”

The Steelers have a bonus practice day this week because they play Monday night at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Haden said he intends on practicing fully Friday as well but that he is on a rep count in practice.

“It’s been feeling a whole lot better,” Haden said, “and we still have extra day and don’t want to push it too much.”

Without Haden against the Chiefs, the Steelers secondary allowed Patrick Mahomes to throw more touchdown passes (six) than incompletions (five) in his third NFL start last week.

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Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris at [email protected] or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.

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