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Taylor Has Surgery On Torn Left Pectoral Muscle

Phil Taylor has undergone surgery to repair a torn chest muscle he injured while lifting weights.

Taylor tore his left pectoral muscle while bench pressing during the offseason conditioning program last week at the team’s facility. A Browns spokesman said the surgery ”went well” and the 335-pound Taylor is resting comfortably at the Cleveland Clinic.

The team did not provide a timetable for Taylor’s return. Last week, Browns coach Pat Shurmur said Taylor would need ”months, not weeks” to recover but would not rule him out for this season.

Injuries such as Taylor’s typically take up to six months to heal. Browns linebacker D’Qwell Jackson missed most of two seasons with torn pectoral muscles.

If Taylor is sidelined, rookie defensive tackles John Hughes and Billy Winn could get significant playing time.

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  1. Dotcommie

    May 18, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    I guess we’ll see if the Browns can evaluate draft talent from the middle rounds. If Hughes and Winn don’t make it, the Defense is gonna have to hope that the offense can score more than twice as many points as they did last year.

    Hughes is just one more part of the defense that doesn’t impress. It’s hard to say if the D will be better than it was last year, since they didn’t do anything to improve it dramatically.

    Frostee…. yawn. Hughes and Winn… who? Did they get a solid #2 CB? No. Did they get an OLB that can cover? No. Did they replace Mike Adams? No.

    Helping the offense may make the defense better, but it still lacks play-makers. The Browns have lost enough games late because their rush and DBs couldn’t close games. There’s plenty of blame available for the offense, but losses come because the defense loses the lead or gives up a score that breaks a tie.

    We’ll see what happens this year, but the defense hasn’t carried the team yet, in any year since they’ve been back. It doesn’t look like they’ll be carrying them this year, either.

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