Haden suffered a broken fibula in his left leg in the first quarter of the team’s Week 9 win over the Colts and was expected to miss three weeks as he recovered. Following the loss of linebacker Ryan Shazier to a severe spinal injury in the team’s Week 13 win over the Bengals, the Steelers will need all the help they can get if they intend to beat the Patriots for the first time since 2011.
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Haden, 28, has just 16 tackles and one interception this season but has played a crucial role in Pittsburgh’s pass defense. The two-time Pro Bowler signed a three-year deal worth $27 milion with the Steelers this offseason after being released by the Browns.
The AFC North champion Steelers (11-2) will look to secure home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoff picture when they host the Patriots (10-3) at 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday.
Wide receiver Jordan Matthews and defensive end Shaq Lawson have been placed on injured reserved by the Bills, the team announced Tuesday.
Lawson suffered an ankle injury Sunday in the second half of the Bills’ 23-3 loss to the Patriots. Matthews had been dealing with knee problems for the last few weeks before ultimately being unable to play through it.
Both Lawson and Matthews are lost for the season as Authentic Terence Newman Jersey the Bills have fallen to 6-6 on the year.
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Lawson had 33 tackles and four sacks this season while Matthews had 25 catches for 282 yards and a touchdown.
The Bills are currently in second place in the AFC East to the Patriots and one game back of the Ravens for the second AFC wild-card spot.