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Hawaii 5-0
05-10-2012, 08:06 PM
Browns DT Phil Taylor injures left pectoral muscle; MRI to determine if it's torn

By Will Brinson | Senior NFL Blogger

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Taylor's got a pectoral injury, but the extent won't be known until Monday. (Getty Images)

It wasn't a good day for defensive linemen drafted in the early going of the 2011 NFL Draft: Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da'Quan Bowers suffered a torn Achilles tendon on Thursday and the Browns announced that defensive tackle Phil Taylor suffered a pectoral injury during the team's offseason workouts.

The Browns said they don't yet know the extent of the injury, but if the pectoral muscle is torn, it could potentially keep Taylor out four to six months.

"Phil Taylor injured his left pectoral today lifting weights as part of the club's offseason program," the Browns said in a statement released by the team. "He will be further evaluated on Monday to determine a course of treatment."

Taylor's agent, Peter Schaffer, told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer that Taylor is "staying positive" and waiting on the results of the MRI.

"He's got a great attitude," Schaffer said. "He'll either be 100% or come back 100%."

Losing Taylor, the team's first-round pick in 2011, in May would obviously be a bad thing. The good news, I suppose, is that even in a worst-case situation, Taylor would be able to return for part of the season.

The defensive tackle recorded 59 tackles and four sacks in 16 games for Cleveland last year, and losing him would put the Browns behind the eight ball for 2012.

Taylor, as you'll likely recall, was the player that the Browns selected after trading down with the Falcons in the 2011 draft so Atlanta could snag Alabama wideout Julio Jones. The "winner" of that trade will ultimately be determined by the performance of Brandon Weeden over the next several years, but Taylor's injury is another reminder that the odds are looking more and more stacked against Cleveland to come out of that deal ahead.


Hawaii 5-0
05-11-2012, 03:51 PM
Browns confirm Phil Taylorís torn pectoral

Posted by Josh Alper on May 11, 2012

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If you were crossing your fingers in hopes that Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylorís injury wasnít a torn pectoral muscle, you can go ahead and stop now.

Browns coach Pat Shurmur confirmed the worst on Friday when he said that Taylor did tear his left pectoral muscle while working out on Thursday. Shurmur said that Taylor would have surgery next week and resisted putting a firm timeline on his expected recovery.

ďHeís going to miss a significant amount of time Ö more months than weeks,Ē Shurmur said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. ďItís too early to speculate how long that will be. Itís just one of those things that happened.Ē

The Browns have some recent experience with these injuries. Linebacker DíQwell Jackson missed all but six games of the 2009 and 2010 seasons because of two separate torn pectorals although Cleveland is surely hoping that the timing of Taylorís injury means heíll be able to contribute something to the team this year.

Until Taylor returns, the Browns will be scrambling to fill his spot. Third-round pick John Hughes will be in the mix as a potential replacement, but thereís no one with Taylorís size and skill to help them do a better job of stopping the run than they did in 2011.


Galax Steeler
05-13-2012, 07:00 AM
Seems like Cleveland has a bad injury every year or someone gets staph infection.

05-13-2012, 08:45 AM
Thats a real b*tch of an injury. Very painful.
I was watching a story in the NFL network talking about some of these guys go into the weight room, right at minicamps, and try to impress their peers by lifting ultra-heavy instead of slowly working back up to those things and before you know it, someone tears a pec. Most of these tears tend to happen very early in training camp.

Hawaii 5-0
05-13-2012, 01:13 PM
Off-Season Injury List Growing, Claims Browns NT Phil Taylor

by Neal Coolong on May 13, 2012


Browns NT Phil Taylor joined Ravens DE Terrell Suggs as a victim of an off-season injury likely to keep him off the field for quite a while.

Taylor tore a pectoral muscle while working out, and Browns head coach Pat Shurmur said the timetable of his return is "more months than weeks."

The worst part of these injuries, outside the damaging blow to the defenses of their respective teams, is they're random; they can happen to anyone. It makes this time of the year volatile and dangerous.

A study published in the Journal of Athletic Training shows, within collegiate sports, football has having the highest rate of injury per athlete-exposure (A-E), meaning combining games and practices. During the fall season, football has a 35.9 injuries per 1,000 A-E, considerably higher than any other sport. In the off-season, football has 9.8 injuries per 1,000 A-E.

While the study shows injuries are far more likely to happen in games than practice in all sports, the amount of injuries within football practices is substantially higher than any other sport.

The Steelers lost RT Willie Colon to an Achilles injury in May of 2010. It's the same area of injury as Suggs, and Eagles LT Jason Peters, who ruptured his Achilles tendon in April. Ditto for Buccaneers DE Da'Quan Bowers.

Taylor's injury occurred while lifting weights. His is the same injury that took down Browns LB D'Qwell Jackson in 2009. Conditioning is a vital part of the off-season, and players have to do it, but sometimes it just feels like surviving the offseason is just as tough as making it through the year relatively unscathed.

Be safe, Steelers linemen. Stretch and use a spotter.


Hawaii 5-0
05-16-2012, 08:20 PM
Cleveland Browns optimistic DT Phil Taylor can have impact this season despite today's surgery, source says

Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2012
By Mary Kay Cabot, The Plain Dealer


Recovery from today's surgery could take four to six months for Browns tackle Phil Taylor, which could allow him to return sometime this fall.

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor underwent surgery to repair a torn left pectoral muscle today at the Cleveland Clinic, but "everybody's optimistic he's going to have a significant impact on the team this season,'' a league source told The Plain Dealer.

The surgery went well, according to the source, and doctors feel everything's gone better than planned.
Taylor was injured Friday while he was bench-pressing during the Browns off-season program at their facility in Berea.

Browns President Mike Holmgren said that Taylor was going through his regular lifting regimen when the injury occurred and that he was using the appropriate amount of weights for his 6-3, 335 pound frame.

Browns coach Pat Shurmur said Taylor would be out "months, not weeks'' and both Shurmur and Holmgren held out hope he'd return this season.

Depending on the severity of the tear, torn pecs can take about four to six months to heal. In that case, Taylor would be back sometime between September and November.

A similar injury to linebacker D'Qwell Jackson in 2009 caused him to miss the last 10 games, and another one in training camp in 2010 cost him the entire season.

Jackson came back last season to finish second in the NFL with 158 tackles. In Taylor's absence, the Browns are grooming their two rookie defensive tackles, third-rounder John Hughes and sixth-rounder Billy Winn, for significant roles.