Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor underwent successful surgery last Wednesday to repair a torn pectoral muscle, an injury he sustained while bench pressing as part of the team's offseason training program. The surgery went so well, actually, that sources indicated Taylor would be back sooner than expected to make an impact for the team.
On Monday, Browns GM Tom Heckert said exactly when he anticipates Taylor to be back making that impact:
#Browns GM Tom Heckert said today DT Phil Taylor "will definitely 100% be back this season'' end Oct, early Nov. after torn pec surgery— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) May 21, 2012
In the meantime, the Browns will try to accelerate the development process for rookie defensive tackles, John Hughes and Billy Winn.