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Thursday, May 10, 2012
Browns' Phil Taylor injured lifting weights

By Jamison Hensley

Another key defensive starter in the AFC North has gone down with an injury this offseason.

Browns defensive tackle Phillip Taylor injured his left pectoral muscle Thursday while lifting weights as part of the club’s offseason program, the team announced. This comes a little more than a week after Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs injured his Achilles tendon.

According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Taylor will have an MRI on Friday and visit a doctor on Monday. If the pectoral muscle is torn, Taylor would need surgery and likely be out four to six months, Schefter reported.

This is a familiar injury for the Browns. Middle linebacker D'Qwell Jackson missed all of 2010 and most of 2009 with two different torn pectoral muscles.

Taylor, the 21st overall pick of the 2011 draft, started all 16 games as a rookie and finished seventh on the team with 59 tackles. He also recorded four sacks and a forced fumble.