Phil Taylor Has Surgery Wednesday; Browns Reportedly Optimistic

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 20: Defensive lineman Phil Taylor #98 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates with fans after their 14-10 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 20, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Yesterday, we asked Cleveland Browns fans if they thought the team should attempt to sign a veteran defensive lineman in light of the injury to Phil Taylor. The original worst-case scenario for Taylor was that he would miss the entire 2012 NFL season. The second-year defensive lineman had surgery at the Cleveland Clinic on Wednesday, and according to a report by Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer, things went better than expected:

Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor underwent surgery to repair a torn left pectoral muscle today at the Cleveland Clinic, but "everybody's optimistic he's going to have a significant impact on the team this season,'' a league source told The Plain Dealer.

Granted, it's not like we should suddenly expect Taylor to be ready for training camp or something like that, but maybe there is a chance that he will be able to return to action some time in September. In that case, Taylor wouldn't really miss very much time.

Hat tip to The Licensed Optimist for posting about this optimistic news as a Fanshot.

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