Browns coach Pat Shurmur and President Mike Holmgren addressed defensive tackle Phil Taylor's injury today. Taylor suffered a torn left pectoral muscle while lifting weights Thursday and could miss the upcoming season. Here are the transcripts:
Shurmur (speaking at rookie minicamp)
(Opening statement)- “Phil (Taylor) tore his left pec, most likely he’s going to have surgery here in the middle of the week. He is going to miss some significant amount of time, more months than weeks. It’s too early to speculate how long that will be. I just wanted you to be aware of that. He was weightlifting yesterday in the offseason program and it was just one of those things that happens. It’s unfortunate. We feel bad for Phil, but he is in good spirits and he is going to come back from this thing stronger than ever.”
(On when Taylor’s surgery will be)- “The middle of next week. I don’t know if we have that officially set yet, but that’s what our thoughts are.”
(On if Taylor will miss the season)- “Could be, but I don’t know that. It’s too early to say right now in terms of the recovery. Everyone recovers at a different rate. Our guess is that he will be a fast healer, but he will require surgery.”
Holmgren (speaking during a luncheon at the University of Akron)
(On Taylor's injury)- "It’s too bad. Yesterday he was very upset -- emotionally. He’s been working so hard. He’s a good football player. But these things happen. He’ll get it fixed and do the rehab and come back and play when he’s ready."
(On defensive line depth)- "It helped that we drafted a couple guys to play that position inside. You never know what’s going to happen and now it happened, so it’s a good thing we did that. We have decent depth in there and we rotate guys around. The difficulty is you have a really good player who got hurt."
(On possibly trading for someone)- "I made this statement the other day about a wide receiver, or any position, honestly. Between now and the time we start there’s a chance we could do any of those things. You have to kind of see what’s available, how we feel about it, and then we go."
(On when a move might be made)- "It probably wouldn’t be September, but prior to training camp. You know that final cut every once in a while somebody will pick somebody up there. There’s that possibility. But in a perfect world you’d like to have that guy in camp with you."
(On if Taylor will miss the 2012 season and how bad is the tear)- "I don’t know the answer to either one of those questions. I don’t think anyone can tell you. He’s got a torn pec. He’s going to probably have surgery. When he can come back … typically with any sort of injury there’s a time allotted to the rehab and this one’s months. So when he’s ready to come back -- a lot depends on the athlete, how his rehab goes and all that kind of stuff – it’s a significant injury. How bad, how severe was it, he’s got a torn pec, that much we know. He’s got to get if fixed. When he comes back … there’s a chance. I don’t think it’s the season. There’s a chance he could come back and play."
(On the perception players are lifting too hard at this point)- "I think it’s a fair question. I went right downstairs to our strength and conditioning guys. I said, ‘Tell me what happened.’ I want to know that stuff. Kent Johnson, who has been with me, been our strength and conditioning coach since Green Bay, said he was doing fine. He was not lifting too much weight for Phil. He had already done a couple reps. Things were going good and then all of a sudden boom. I think we’re doing everything right. Phil was doing everything right. He’s been working out so well. It was one of those things that happened that no one could predict."
(On D'Qwell Jackson's suffering torn pectoral muscles in 2009 and 2010): "D’Qwell had both of them. In D’Qwell’s case they fixed ‘em and by his own admission, he feels stronger, better than he was before. I don’t know if people are predisposed to that sort of injury. I don’t know that stuff. And I don’t think there’s any connection there. When you’re lifiting weights, as these guys have to do, sometimes you tweak something. Unfortunately this one got him pretty good."