Browns coach Pat Shurmur expects defensive tackle Phil Taylor to be activated from the physically unable to perform list and fill the roster spot created by defensive end Emmanuel Stephens (neck) being placed on injured reserve.
“That’s pretty much what will happen, yeah,” Shurmur said today during a news conference.
The 6-foot-3, 335-pound Taylor has spent all season on the PUP list while recovering from a torn left pectoral muscle he suffered in May. Taylor returned to practice last week and continued to work with the team today.
If Taylor shows he’s comfortable and doesn’t suffer any setbacks this week during practice, he’ll likely make his 2012 debut when the Browns (2-6) host the Baltimore Ravens (5-2) Sunday.
“If things go well, we might have Phil back,” Shurmur said. … “He’s gotta have a good week of practice. We’ve got to see him being able to function.”
Taylor, the 21st overall pick in last year’s draft, had 59 tackles and four sacks last season as a rookie.
Practice squad addition
The Browns signed defensive end Hall Davis to their practice squad. Davis wore No. 91 while practicing with the team today.
Davis spent the preseason with the Oakland Raiders. The St. Louis Rams selected him in the fifth round (No. 149 overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Starting defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin (calf) and cornerback Dimitri Patterson (ankle) did not practice today. Rubin has missed two of the past three games. Patterson has missed the past three games.
Cornerback Buster Skrine will serve as the Browns’ fourth captain Sunday, Shurmur said. … Browns owner Jimmy Haslam attended practice today. … Outgoing president Mike Holmgren was also at practice. … The Browns practice in their field house today.