Defensive tackle Phil Taylor said he will make his 2012 debut Sunday when the Browns (2-6) host the Baltimore Ravens (5-2).
“I’m ready to go out there,” Taylor said. “I’m ready to go.”
The 6-foot-3, 335-pound Taylor has spent all season on the physically unable to perform list after tearing his left pectoral muscle while lifting weights in May. Taylor said he’ll probably serve as a backup to rookie defensive tackles Billy Winn and John Hughes and rotate into the lineup against the Ravens.
“I don’t think I’m gonna start right away,” Taylor said. “They might roll me in just for this first game, so I can just get back in the swing of things. I’ve got to earn it. I haven’t played this year yet. What I did last year was last year. So I’ve gotta get in there this year and earn my spot.”
Taylor, the 21st overall pick in last year’s draft, started all 16 games last season as a rookie. He had 59 tackles and four sacks.
Taylor will wear a sleeve that wraps around his chest and left bicep.
“I feel good, no aching or anything,” Taylor said. “I feel real good.”