Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor tore his left pectoral muscle and will undergo surgery next week, coach Pat Shurmur said Friday, meaning it will be almost a for sure his season will be over before it even gets started.
Shurmur acknowledged that the injury “could be” season ending.
Taylor suffered the injury while lifting weights at the Browns training facility Thursday.
“He’s going to miss a significant amount of time … more months than weeks,” Shurmur said this morning as the Browns opened their rookie minicamp. “It’s too early to speculate how long that will be. It’s just one of those things that happened.
Injuries of this nature often take at least six months to heal from. Linebacker D’Qwell Jackson underwent season-ending surgery in each of the past two seasons for two separate torn pectorals. In 2010, Jackson suffered the injury in training camp and missed the entire season. In 2009, he suffered it six games into the season and missed the final 10 games.
“Everybody recovers at a different rate,” said Shurmur. “Our guess is he’ll be a fast healer. It’s unfortunate. We feel bad for Phil. But he’s in good spirits and he’s going to come back from this thing stronger than ever.”