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Haden leaves practice on cart, but injury minor

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Joe Haden. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

LATROBE, Pa. -- Joe Haden gave the Steelers' fans a scare Wednesday when he suffered an ankle injury that required him to be carted up to the team's locker room during practice.

But the injury is considered minor and Haden is expected to be fine.

The injury apparently happened during a live-team run drill while working against the first-team offense. Haden walked off the field with a slight limp and then hopped on a cart to be transported to the locker room.

The injury occurred as the Steelers were holding their final practice here at Saint Vincent College before their preseason opener Friday night against the Buccaneers at Heinz Field. Haden, 30, was one of several veteran players not expected to play in the game.

Haden's injury also came at an interesting time in terms of his contract negotiations. The Steelers and Haden's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, have exchanged offers on a contract extension for the former Pro Bowl cornerback.

Haden is entering the final season of a three-year deal that will pay him a salary of $10 million this season. The Steelers would like to work out an extension that would lower his $11.9-million hit against the salary cap.

He is expected to team with free-agent signing Steven Nelson as the Steelers' starting cornerback duo this season.

In his previous two seasons with the Steelers, Haden has appeared in 26 games, intercepting three passes. He joined the Steelers late in the preseason in 2017 after being released in a salary cap-related move by the Browns.

The No. 7-overall pick in the 2010 draft, Haden spent his first seven seasons with the Browns.

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