Heckert says Phil Taylor “will be back” in 2012

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It’s rare that one set of remarks from a team executive gives rise to three separate blurbs.  But it’s late May and things are slow and Browns G.M. Tom Heckert said a lot of interesting things at the 33rd annual Akron Browns Backers dinner on Monday night.

Besides, it’s nearly 2:00 a.m. ET and I still can’t sleep.

Among other things, Heckert said that defensive tackle Phil Taylor, who recently suffered a torn pectoral muscle, will be back by the middle of the season.

I don’t think there’s any question about that,” Heckert said, via the Akron Beacon-Journal.  “We think he’ll probably be [back by the] end of October, early November.  But he’ll definitely be back, no doubt, no question about it.”

Though that may seem aggressive, Heckert called it a normal recovery.  “That’s being very, very cautious,” Heckert said.  “He could [be] back earlier than that.  But he’ll be back at some point.”

That’s very good news for the Browns, who don’t seem to get much of that very often.

8 responses to “Heckert says Phil Taylor “will be back” in 2012

  1. Heckert – That’s not true. I can tell you that pec injuries take a full year to regain full strength. Taylor may make it back on the field, but I wouldn’t expect much from him. He won’t have regained the strength to push the Olinemen around. Of course, you have to consider the audience when Heckert was making these comments. He wants to sell premium seats so he’ll saying anything to do that.

  2. Is Tom Heckert covered under any random drug testing program with the Browns? He is definitely smoking or snorting something. Phil Taylor will be back in October? Brandon Weeden will be a week one starter…facing the defenses in the AFC North 6 times as well as the NFC East defenses? Repeat after me….

    “With the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Clowns select…….”

  3. If an injury like that had to happen, good it was in May rather than August.

  4. Let him sit and get healthy. IR him. What’s the point. 4 wins vs 5? Seriously.

    IR and take the higher draft pick.

    But…..we are talking about the Browns here.

  5. I’d rather have Phil take his time and heal properly, instead of rushing back onto the field when (a) he’s not strong enough yet to play effectively, and (b) he’s risking further injury by doing so. Take the year off and come back strong next year. It’s not like we’re going to the Super Bowl.

  6. I would love to have Taylor back ASAP but you want him to be 100% ready. The linebacking corps is already suspect as it is.

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