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Down and out

May 11, 2012 - Mike McLain
BEREA -- The start of the Browns' rookie minicamp was greeted with the sobering news that second-year defensive tackle Phil Taylor might miss the entire season with a torn pectoral.

Taylor, a first-round draft pick in 2011, was injured while lifting weights Thursday during offseason conditioning. He had a MRI and, according to coach Pat Shurmur, might need to have surgery next week.

The normal rehabilitation time for a torn pectoral is four to six months. Linebacker D'Qwell Jackson missed 10 games in 2009 and all of the 2010 season with torn pectorals.

Taylor was an integral part of the line rotation in his rookie season. He had 59 tackles (37 solos and 22 assists) and four sacks. He teamed with Ahtyba Rubin to give the defense a strong interior presence.

"He's going to miss a significant amount of time; more months than weeks," Shurmur said. "It's too early to speculate how long that will be. It's just one of those things that happened. Everybody recovers at a different rate. Our guess is he'll be a fast healer. It's unfortunate. We feel bad for Phil, but he's in good spirits and he's going to come back from this thing stronger than ever."


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