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Browns Defensive Tackle Phil Taylor Needs Surgery After Chest Injury

NFL via Getty Images(BEREA, Ohio) -- Even though it is the offseason, the Cleveland Browns may have potentially lost one of their best players for the 2012 season. Defensive tackle Phil Taylor will need surgery to repair a torn left pectoral muscle.  He suffered the injury lifting weights.

Taylor will miss months, and possibly the entire season, recovering from the injury. He will undergo the surgery sometime next week.

"He's going to miss a significant amount of time, more months than weeks," Browns coach Pat Shurmur said on Friday. "It's too early to speculate how long that will be. It's just one of those things that happened."

"It's too early to speculate," he later added. "Typically with these surgeries, the rehanb is months so I don't want to say exactly. I don't want to cancel him out for year, no."

Taylor was selected by the Browns 21st overall in the 2011 draft, piling up 59 tackles and four sacks during his rookie year.

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