Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor’s 2012 season is seemingly hanging in the balance.
Taylor injured his left pectoral muscle today while lifting weights as part of the Browns’ offseason workout program, the team announced in a statement. He will be further evaluated on Monday to determine a course of treatment, according to the Browns.
Taylor underwent an MRI to determine whether the muscle is torn, Fox 8 reported this afternoon via Twitter. Taylor, whom the Browns drafted 21st overall in 2011, could be sidelined for the entire season if he indeed suffered a torn pectoral. Surgery is often needed to repair such an injury.
Browns middle linebacker D'Qwell Jackson missed 26 consecutive games from 2009-10 after he suffered two torn pectoral muscles and had surgery on both of them.
If Taylor's injury forces him to miss time this upcoming season, rookie defensive tackles John Hughes, a third-round pick, and Billy Winn, a sixth-round selection, might receive chances to crack the starting lineup. Veterans Brian Schaefering and Scott Paxson could be in the mix, too.