Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden, a Pro Bowl nod in 2013 and 2014, says he's feeling good enough to play against Houston on Monday afternoon.
Per TribLive, the broken fibula in his left leg just wasn't healed enough for him to return for the Steelers' showdown against the New England Patriots.
“It was close, but at the end I couldn't make it happen,” Haden told the site. “I was trying to practice, but I wasn't able to go.
“If I played in a game, (the lower leg) wouldn't have been sound.”
Haden called himself “85 percent” and is planning to make his return after a five-game absence for the Steelers' game Monday at the Houston Texans.
“I'm just excited,” Haden said. “Glad I was able to work back and get back for the final two games of the season knowing we have the postseason. I can get in football shape. It's good to get back out there and make some plays.”
In the five games Haden missed, the Steelers allowed five the six biggest passing-yardage games against them this season. Ten of the 14 longest passing plays the Steelers have allowed this season came while Haden was out with injury.