BEREA, Ohio — Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur confirms defensive tackle Phil Taylor has a torn pectoral muscle that will require surgery.
Shurmur told assembled members of the media on Friday that it is too early to say if Taylor will be out for the entire season, but months of rehabilitation are a certainty.
“Phil (Taylor) tore his left pec. Most likely he’s going to have surgery here in the middle of the week,” Shurmur said. “He is going to miss some significant amount of time, more months than weeks. It’s too early to speculate how long that will be.
“Everyone recovers at a different rate. Our guess is that he will be a fast healer, but he will require surgery.”
Taylor injured his left pectoral during a preseason training session.
Fox 8’s John Telich was the first to report that Taylor, the team’s first-round draft selection in 2011, suffered the injury and was undergoing an MRI. The injury occurred when he was lifting weights as part of the club’s offseason program.
“He was weightlifting yesterday in the offseason program, and it was just one of those things that happens,” Shurmur said. “It’s unfortunate. We feel bad for Phil, but he is in good spirits, and he is going to come back from this thing stronger than ever.”
Taylor is coming off a fine rookie season and was being counted on to anchor the defensive line as new players like Frostee Rucker were added.
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