Phil Taylor OUT for Rest of Season, Big Blow
The Cleveland Browns got some good news for their game against the Houston Texans when reports came out that Arian Foster would be OUT for Sunday’s game. Now comes news that Phil Taylor is OUT but for the rest of the season:
Taylor has struggled with health related issues, including his knee, for a lot of his career. While this problem is not related to the other injury it is highly concerning given that he is out for the season, including any possible playoffs. That means it is a serious issue but Head Coach Mike Pettine is reporting that it isn’t an issue that should sideline him at all next season:
Taylor will likely be back, on the last year of his rookie contract, but the Browns will likely need to cover their basis by adding players via free agency and the draft that can play in case big Phil can’t.
Taylor played well in his return to the field last week. He subbed in for Ahtyba Rubin at nose tackle at times during the game which seemed to really help the rest of the defense. Taylor has played both nose and end in the 3-4 defense as well as defensive tackle in a 4-3.
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Yet he hasn’t been able to stay healthy and has one season to prove that he can before entering free agency. This injury will both impact his future earnings as well as the Browns idea of whether Taylor is a long term piece.
Expect the Browns to address defensive line early and often in the upcoming draft. Many would not be surprised if 2 of their first 3 picks were used for a DE and a NT. With Taylor’s knee this becomes even more likely. (You can see who we drafted for the defensive line by clicking below for the #TDRMock Draft.)
How big of a blow do you think this Phil Taylor injury is for the Browns?
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