Broncos release Phil Taylor from injured reserve

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Nose tackle Phil Taylor’s attempted comeback with the Denver Broncos is officially over.

The Broncos released Taylor from injured reserve on Wednesday. He injured his knee on just the second day of training camp and was placed on injured reserve by Denver days later.

The Broncos signed the former first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in February after he spent the 2015 season out of football due to repeated knee injuries. While changes to the IR rules this year meant the Broncos theoretically could have activated him off injured reserve later this season, they elected not to wait.

Taylor appeared in just five games in 2014 with the Browns before injuries ended his season. He missed 20 games in four seasons in Cleveland due to injuries.