BEREA, Ohio — Browns rookie cornerback Joe Haden is getting closer to returning to the starting lineup.
Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan gave the former Florida standout and seventh overall pick a ringing endorsement.
"Joe could start any day," Ryan told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "We're just going to line him up and play him. Whether he starts or gets his name called when they announce it, that's another thing. Is the guy good enough to start? (Heck) yes. He's good enough to start for any team in the league, including ours."
Haden, who started in the opener against the Bucs, drew praise for his play in last week's overtime loss to the Jets. He stepped in for injured Sheldon Brown and played 87 snaps on defense and 20 on special teams and had seven tackles and an interception.
"Thank God the guy is young and tough," Ryan said. "He played really well. He's clearly one of our best players. He gets better every week."
In nine game, Haden has 34 tackles and two interceptions.
In other Browns news, receiver/return specialist Joshua Cribbs (dislocated toes) was downgraded to out for today's game. Former Bucs running back Clifton Smith will return kickoffs. Safety Mike Adams (abdominal injury) was also ruled out.
Cardinals: Running back Alfonso Smith was activated. Receiver Max Komar was cut.
Giants: Tight end Jake Ballard was signed off the practice squad, and defensive back D.J. Johnson was waived.
Lions: Linebacker Caleb Campbell, a West Point graduate who spent two years in the Army, was activated.
Ravens: Guard Chris Chester was listed as questionable after being hospitalized last week because of a skin issue. If Chester can't play, Tony Moll will start at right guard. Meanwhile, guard Bryan Mattison was signed off the practice squad, and tackle Scott Kooistra was waived.
Saints: Long snapper Jason Kyle will miss the rest of the season because of a shoulder injury. Jake Ingram was signed to replace him.
Vikings: Receiver Sidney Rice was activated off the physically unable to perform list.