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Browns Phil Taylor, Ahtyba Rubin may return for Ravens game

Phil Taylor and Ahtyba Rubin could return on Sunday, which would give the Browns a big boost in their run defense just in time to face Ray Rice and the Ravens.

Matt Sullivan

Cleveland Browns defensive tackles Phil Taylor and Ahtyba Rubin could play in the team's Week 9 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens, head coach Pat Shurmur told Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer.

Taylor, a second-year player out of Baylor, has yet to play this season after suffering a torn pectoral while lifting weights in the offseason. As a rookie in 2011, Taylor had 59 tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble. He returned to the practice field on Oct. 25 for the first time since the injury.

Rubin, a fifth-year Iowa State product, has played in six games this season, but missed the Browns' 7-6 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday with a calf injury. Rubin has registered 21 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble this year. Rubin was initially hurt in the Browns' Week 5 loss to the New York Giants, and aggravated the injury two weeks later against the Indianapolis Colts.

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