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Phil Taylor injury: Browns DT returns to practice, unlikely to play vs. Chargers

Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor returned to practice with his teammates on Wednesday as he continues his recovery from a torn pectoral muscle, according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. The former first round pick has been on the physically unable to perform list all season due to the injury.

While Taylor is practicing with his teammates again, the odds that he actually plays against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday are "very low," according to Scott Petrak of Elyria Chronicle-Telegram. It's far more likely that Taylor's return comes next week against the Baltimore Ravens, or on Nov. 18 following the team's bye.

Drafted 21st overall by Cleveland in 2011, Taylor was immediately plugged into a starting role by head coach Pat Shurmur going into the 2011 season. Starting all 16 games for the team, the 24-year-old recorded 59 tackles, four sacks and one forced fumble during his rookie year.

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