BEREA, OHIO -- Browns defensive lineman Phil Taylor walked onto the practice field in Berea for the first time since tearing his pectoral muscle in May. Taylor was on the field to meet up with former Baylor teammate, Robert Griffin III who was in town as part of the NFL Rookie Symposium.
Taylor tore his pectoral muscle while bench pressing over 300 pounds. He said he did not hear a popping noise when he tore the muscle, in fact, he thought he just sprained it.
The Browns hope Taylor will be able to return by midseason, but Taylor said he is taking his recovery slowly and will not rush back. Taylor is not allowed to lift weights but is doing cardio and range-of-motion exercises.
The defensive lineman who had 59 tackles last year said he spoke to teammate D’Qwell Jackson who suffered two similar injuries.
"I`m doing good right now, I`m itching to get back, but I`m not going to rush it. When I know it's time for me to be out there, I'll be out there,” Taylor said.
The Browns open the season September 9th against Philadelphia at Browns Stadium.