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.