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)
On Monday, Lane Adkins of the OBR posted an optimistic update about Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor on his Twitter account. He said that Taylor is "doing remarkably well" and "could be ready to play in ten weeks." You read that right -- not practice, but play. Adkins says that he understands it sounds like a huge case of optimism for Taylor, but that he was told that Taylor's pectoral injury was no where near as serious as D'Qwell Jackson's from a couple years back.
Ten weeks from Monday make Taylor available for the team's Week 3 game against the Buffalo Bills or the team's Week 4 game (which takes place four days later) against the Baltimore Ravens. It'll be interesting to see whether Taylor begins the season on the 53-man roster or the physically unable to perform list. If they place him on the PUP, the earliest he could play is Week 7 against the Indianapolis Colts. The disadvantage of placing him on the PUP is that he cannot practice for the first six weeks of the season. If he is not on the PUP, he could start practicing, for example, in Week 3, and be ready to play a few weeks later. Either way, it's good to hear there haven't been any setbacks for Taylor to this point.