Phil Taylor has knee procedure

ByPat McManamon ESPN logo
Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BEREA, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Phil Taylor will miss several weeks after having an arthroscopic procedure on his knee, the team announced Wednesday.

Taylor was injured in Cleveland's 29-28 win over Tennessee on Sunday.

The team said in a news release that Taylor's return would be re-evaluated "in a few weeks."

Taylor, a first-round pick of the Browns in 2011, has started at left end in coach Mike Pettine's 3-4 system, with mixed results. He has just seven tackles, but Pettine and defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil said Taylor has done his job clogging rushing lanes.

The Browns will likely turn to Billy Winn or John Hughes with Taylor out, and they'll give Ishmaa'ily Kitchen more playing time.

Cornerback Joe Haden was limited in practice Wednesday with hip soreness, though he did take part in the team's walkthrough. Pettine said the team will monitor his progress this week.

The Browns rank 31st in the league in total defense and are giving up 421.8 yards per game.