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Phil Taylor Injury: Nose Tackle Expects To Play In 2012

Over six weeks removed from his pectoral injury, defensive tackle Phil Taylor was in good spirits, saying he expected to play in 2012, but that he would not rush his recovery, according to ESPN Cleveland.

Taylor said his current rehab consists of "range and motion stuff" and he has not been cleared yet to lift weights. The Browns will place Taylor on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list at the start of training camp. He could be eligible to return to practice in October and conceivably could be back on the field in November – if all goes well.

"I’m itching to get back, but I’m not going to rush it," Taylor said.

Taylor went on to add that Scott Paxson would likely take his spot along the defensive line.

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