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Phil Taylor injury: Browns DT says he'll play vs. Ravens

Phil Taylor says he'll make his season debut in Week 9 against the Ravens.

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Phil Taylor activated, Ronnie Cameron promoted

In his rookie season in 2011, Taylor started in all 16 games for the Browns and recorded four sacks and 59 tackles.

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Phil Taylor will make 2012 debut in Week 9

Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor will make his 2012 debut on Sunday, when the Browns take on the Baltimore Ravens.

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Browns DT Phil Taylor returns to practice

Healthy for the first time since suffering an injury back in the spring, Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Phillip Taylor made his triumphant return to the practice field on Wednesday, according to a report by Daryl Ruiter of 92.3 The Fan.

A first-round pick by the Browns out of Baylor in 2011, the 335-pound Taylor tore his left pectoral muscle while lifting weights in early May and has missed nearly six months of action. Taylor was placed on Cleveland's physically unable to perform (PUP) list immediately before the start of the season, and was obviously thrilled to be back on the practice field for the first time in 2012.

"It felt good," Taylor said following Wednesday's practice. "Just had to knock off the cobwebs a little bit. I’m glad I’m back out here now and getting back in the swing of things."

As far as when he might actually be able to return to action on Sundays, the second-year lineman knows that it will take some time to get acclimated after missing such a significant portion of the year. "I’m just taking it day by day right now so maybe the next 2 weeks or so," Taylor said."It’s my first week of practice and you’re not going to throw somebody in after 1 week of practice after not playing for half the season."

Coming off a four-sack rookie campaign where he played in all 16 games and tallied 59 total tackles, Taylor's immense presence on the line will be a serious boost for head coach Pat Shurmur's lackluster run defense. The Browns have sputtered out of the gate with a woeful 1-6 record, and the team will need to hope that Taylor's eventual return will help spurn a second-half turnaround.

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Phil Taylor off PUP list, but not back to practice

Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Phillip Taylor is now eligible to return to practice after spending six weeks on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list due to a torn pectoral muscle, but the young lineman has yet to actually get back on the practice field. The 24-year-old lineman didn't practice on Wednesday, but he told Jodie Valade of Cleveland.com that he is feeling healthy and that he has resumed weightlifting activities. Taylor tore his pectoral muscle while weightlifting during the off-season.

The Browns could certainly use the No. 21 pick of the 2011 NFL Draft in the trenches because the defensive unit is currently ranked No. 30 in defending the pass and No. 25 in defending the run. Taylor collected 59 tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble during his rookie season.

The Browns finally earned their first win of the season in Week 6, and they traveled to Indianapolis to take on Andrew Luck and the Colts this week (1 p.m. ET, CBS).

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Phil Taylor to return to practice next week

Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor is on schedule to return to practice when eligible next week both Mary Kay Cabot and Tony Grossi reported. Taylor was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list due to a torn pectoral muscle and is ineligible to play or practice until after Week 6.

Taylor, 24, was the 21st pick of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Browns and finished his rookie season with 59 tackles, four sacks, and a forced fumble. Taylor torn his pectoral muscle while weightlifting in the offseason and was forced to get surgery to repair the muscle tear in May. Head coach Pat Shurmur said Taylor looked great and will return to practice next week. Taylor should resume his starting role once he is ready to take the field.

The Browns are currently 0-5 and host the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 6. The first game Taylor would be eligible to play in would be the Browns game against the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 21.

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