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Phil Taylor Injury: Cleveland Browns Expect DT Back By End Of October, Early November

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:

In the meantime, the Browns will try to accelerate the development process for rookie defensive tackles, John Hughes and Billy Winn.

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