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PHIL TAYLOR’S INJURY COMPLICATES THE BROWNS
Tue, 15 May 2012 03:10 AM EDT

On a day of renewal and optimism in Cleveland, Coach Pat Shurmur had to 1st dispense the bad news.

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Moments after running back Trent Richardson, QB Brandon Weeden and the Browns’ other rookies took the field under a cloudless sky to open a 3-day minicamp, Shurmur commented massive defensive tackle Phil Taylor would require surgical treatment to repair a torn chest muscle and could miss the approaching season.

“It was only one of those situations that happens” Shurmur expounded. “It’s unlucky.”

And more bad luck for the Browns, who’ve had more than their share lately.

Taylor tore his left pectoral muscle while doing bench presses in the weight room. His injury is potentially devastating injury for a Cleveland defense that ranked 30th in the league against the run last season.

Shurmur claimed Taylor will have surgery this week, when the team will have a better sense of how long they’ll be without the 6-foot-3, 335-pounder.

With the opener against Philadelphia 4 months away, Shurmur didn’t want to rule Taylor out for the season.

“It’s too soon to speculate,” he revealed. “Typically with these surgeries, the rehab is months so I do not really want to say exactly. I don’t want to cancel him out for the year, no.”

Usually ripped pectoral muscles take at least 6 months to heal. Browns inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson missed the majority of 2 seasons after ripping his pectoral muscle on each side. Jackson had 2 surgeries but bounced back and led Cleveland in tackles last season.

Taylor, the No. 21 overall pick last year, started all sixteen games as a rookie. He finished with 59 tackles, 4 sacks and improved Cleveland’s defensive front. The Browns selected Cincinnati defensive tackle John Hughes (3rd round) and Boise Nation’s Billy Winn (6th round) in the draft and may have enough depth to get by in the short term without Taylor. But he was view as one of the team’s core players and his loss is just another stumbling block for an organization which has had just 2 winning seasons during the past 13 years.

Taylor was within the team’s training complex but wasn’t accessible for comment. On his social page, he wrote: “Just a bump in the road. Got (to) try hard and return (hash) Strong.”

Shurmur attempted to put a positive spin on the injury.

“It provides opportunity for other fellows to fill in,” he said. “We never want to lose a player. Sadly, at this point, Phil has to deal with what pro sportsmen need to handle occasionally and that’s going through a surgery, going thru a rehab and then coming back stronger than ever. His mood is good, he understands it and we’ll get him fixed up and get him back.”

The injury cast some darkness over a day the Browns hope is the start of a new time.

Richardson and Weeden, the club’s two 1st-round picks and future stars, came as publicized in their 1st exercise programs as pros.


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