When the Browns drafted Joe Haden in the second round of the 2017 NFL draft, it seemed like the franchise had the perfect kicker.
He had the size, speed, and vision to become the franchise’s franchise kicker for the foreseeable future.
But after a series of injury-plagued seasons, Haden is out for the year with a knee injury.
Haden’s absence was felt by the Browns’ other kicker, Cody Parkey, who has been a long-time member of the team’s roster.
“We’re kind of excited to get a guy that can compete with the other young guys,” coach Hue Jackson said.
“He’s got some experience in this league, so he can compete.”
But what happens to Parkey when he’s not on the field?
The Browns drafted Parkey out of high school in 2017.
The former Oregon quarterback had his collegiate career derailed by knee injuries and an ankle injury in his senior year.
Parkey played sparingly in his rookie season, but had a solid 2016 campaign with six starts, including three starts at home, as he missed only one game due to injury.
So the Browns gave him the green light to start the season.
But Parkey was still injured throughout the season and missed six of the final nine games.
He was unable to compete against some of the more experienced veterans on the roster.
The Browns also have to worry about Parkey’s injury history.
Hadelen missed all of the 2016 season after a torn ACL in his left knee and torn ACLs in his right knee and ankle.
Parkeys career was derailed by two separate ACL tears in his knee, which forced him to miss the entire 2017 season.
Hadens knee injury is not related to the injury he suffered in his sophomore season.
ParKEY’S DIFFICULT CAREER The Browns have used several different ways of preparing Haden for the NFL.
The team signed Parkey to a $8.9 million contract in December of last year, which was worth about $1.3 million per season.
He also received a $500,000 signing bonus in the final year of his rookie contract.
But it was not enough to make Haden a guaranteed starter in the NFL, so the Browns used him as a bench kicker.
Hadem has spent the last few seasons practicing with the team.
In 2016, Hadem kicked three field goals and two extra points, as well as two extra-point attempts.
During the season, Hadeles career had an impressive run of seven consecutive 100-yard games, as the Browns posted a 16-0 record in games that Haden kicked.
But in 2017, Hadems struggles began.
Hadems rookie season was cut short by a broken bone in his foot.
The injury ended Hadems season in mid-September.
Hademan suffered a torn labrum and meniscus, a torn meniscum and a torn ulnar collateral ligament, as a result of a vicious hit on his foot in the fourth quarter of the game against the Titans.
Haderman went down with the injury during a drive.
Hademen knee did not return to full strength until early November, and he was placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the season after suffering the injury.
It was not the end of Hadem’s career.
Had he played in the 2018 preseason, Hademan would have been the Browns fourth-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft.
Hadman missed the entire preseason, but the Browns opted to use him as an injury replacement.
The move helped Hademan’s chances in the season opener against the Patriots.
Hadelman made two field goals, one of which was blocked by Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner.
Hadler had his chance to score in the first half, but was held to two field goal attempts.
Hades injury was not as serious as Hadens.
Had his first NFL field goal attempt blocked, but missed a second attempt in the third quarter.
Hadels injury was more severe.
Had Hadelmans knee was torn, and Hademan was forced to sit out the entire season.
The final injury suffered by Hademan came in the Browns second preseason game against Carolina.
Hadis knee was fractured in the opening game of the regular season, and had to sit the entire campaign.
Had the season-ending knee injury was expected to slow Hademan down in the regular-season game against Atlanta.
Had was replaced on the 53-man roster by rookie kicker Connor Barth.
Barth had two field touchdowns, including one that was blocked, in the preseason opener.
Haders injury also forced Hadem to miss time in the playoffs, but it did not stop Hademan from earning a starting job in the postseason.
Hads playoff performance was one of the most impressive in Browns history.
In the first three games of the postseason, Hade had six field goals.
In those games, Hades field