Holmgren Won’t Rule Taylor Out for the Season

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Browns’ front office reacted to Phil Taylor’s injury as other rookies ran through drills on Friday.

“(Phil Taylor) was not lifting too much weight for Phil. He already done a couple of reps, things were going good, and all of a sudden … boom,” said Browns President Mike Holmgren.

With Phil Taylor out of the Browns line-up because of a torn pectoral muscle, the big question is: who will replace last year’s first-round draft pick?

“We’re going to play the best guy whether he is a guy on our roster or one of the new guys. We’ll fill that spot, until Phil comes back, with the best guy,” said Browns head coach Pat Shurmur.

The Browns don’t have a crystal ball and never could have imagined they would be looking for someone to replace Taylor in mid-May. Looking back to the Browns draft, they got lucky looking for depth.

“It helped that we drafted a couple guys in the draft to play that position inside,” Holmgren added.

Browns President Mike Holmgren said he is not ready to rule out the defensive lineman for the entire season.

“No, I don’t think it’s the season,” Holmgren said. “I think there is a chance he can come back and play.”

Taylor is expected to undergo surgery next week.

In other Browns news, former Ohio State linebacker Andrew Sweat told the Browns coaches he won’t pursue an NFL career. He was an undrafted free agent.