Phil Taylor on schedule to return to practice

News out of Browns practice today was that Phil Taylor is on pace to return from the Physically Unable to Perform list when he is eligible to come back.  Barring any setbacks, of course, this is great news for the Browns. Taylor underwent surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle from off-season weight-lifting training. Due to NFL PUP list rules, Taylor isn’t eligible to return to the team until after the week six game against the Bengals.

The Browns’ defense has had a tough time being full-strength this season and Phil Taylor’s injury hit Browns fans in pre-season like a ton of bricks. With the return of Joe Haden from suspension and the expected return of Phil Taylor, maybe the Browns’ defense can turn around what is turning out to be a statistically woeful year for the unit.

Since Taylor has been out the Browns have used draft picks John Hughes and Billy Winn among others. Tom Heckert has spoken of wanting depth on the defensive line and with the impending return of Taylor and the emergence of capable rookies, he might finally have it.

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  • Jeremy Humbert

    Holy crap, that would be fantastic. This D has had to overcome a lot of setbacks this young season, and has not been the worst in the league so far… With Haden coming back this week, and Taylor possibly back next week, look out! Jauron might actually be able to field a D worth watching again. With the Offense playing the way they seem to be capable of (minus key interceptions), this is encouraging news..

  • Pat Shurmur

    What’s even better, I’ll still be around! Don’t you guys love me so much?

  • mgbode

    alot depends on DQ’s status as well but there is reason for hope

  • Jeremy Humbert

    Pat, I’m sure we will start to love you when we start a series of 11 wins to win the division, and then advance to the playoffs, where we shock the league and beat the Patriots in the AFC Champ game and THEN advance to the SB to defeat the 49ers by 3 tds…. That will be when we start the LOVE fest… promise.. :)

  • Hopwin

    Will you autograph the tattoo of your face that I have “somewhere” on my body??