Browns starting defensive tackle Phil Taylor will be eligible to begin practicing next week, and coach Pat Shurmur indicated the 21st overall pick in last year’s draft is expected to do so.
“He looks great,” Shurmur said today. “We’re hopeful he'll be back soon. Let’s just say this: I think he’ll be right on schedule.”
Taylor started this season on the physically unable to perform list after suffering a torn left pectoral muscle May 10 while lifting weights. He had surgery six days later.
Once Taylor starts practicing, the Browns will have a 21-day window in which they must add him to their active roster or declare him done for the season. If all goes well, Taylor will provide a boost for a defense ranked 26th in the NFL against the run (142.4 yards allowed per game).
Last season, the 6-foot-3, 335-pound Taylor had 59 tackles, including four sacks, to go along with a forced fumble and a pass defensed. He led all rookie defensive linemen in tackles.