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Browns to Place DL Phil Taylor on Injured Reserve With Knee Injury

Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Just when things were starting to look optimistic on the injury front for the Cleveland Browns, head coach Mike Pettine announced on Friday that defensive lineman Phil Taylor would be placed on injured reserve, ending his 2014 season.

Taylor played in the team's first four games of the season before having arthroscopic knee surgery. He made a somewhat surprising return during last Thursday night's game against the Cincinnati Bengals and played very well in limited action, registering 3 tackles and 1 pass defended. Taylor left the game after chasing down WR A.J. Green from behind early in the fourth quarter. It's unclear if Taylor was injured on that play or not.

Before this season, the Browns picked up the fifth-year option on Taylor's contract, so he'll still be under contract in 2015. Cleveland has been able to manage the defensive line without Taylor for about a month, but having him healthy would have been a nice boost.