BEREA, Ohio— The Browns announced that starting defensive end Phil Taylor had surgery and will be “re-evaluated in a few weeks”.
“Phil’s going to miss some time, had a knee scope this morning,” Pettine said. “I think that best source for Browns news lately has become Phil Taylor’s Instagram, right next to our website. He’ll be shut down for a couple weeks.”
Pettine didn’t have a timetable on Taylor’s possible return.
“We’ll know a little bit in a few days kind of how that went as the beginning of his recovery starts,” Pettine said. “At this point, there’s really no more news on that.”
Taylor injured his knee in the first half of the Browns win over the Titans last Sunday. The Browns announced that team physician James Voos performed the surgery at University Hospital on Wednesday morning.
Taylor has seven tackles on the season. He was the Browns first-round pick in 2011.
“It depends on what grouping we’re in,” Pettine said. “We can be out there with Des (Desmond Bryant). We’ll probably have, if Billy’s down, that’s the one position where we felt we did have some depth.
“John Hughes who was inactive, will be active. ‘Kitch’ (Kitchen) will likely be up. If I had to say who will replace Phil, it could be either one of those two. In run situations, it will likely be Kitch.”
Tank Honored: Browns LB Tank Carder has earned AFC Special Teams Players of the Week for games played Oct. 2-6 (Week 5), the National Football League announced Wednesday.
In a 29-28 win over the Titans Sunday, Carder blocked a punt out of the end zone for a safety in the fourth quarter and added one special teams tackle that dropped the Titans at their own 11-yard line on the second half’s opening kick.
Carder’s fourth quarter play was the Browns’ first blocked punt since Nov. 30, 2003 (at Seattle) and first safety since Nov. 22, 2009 (at Detroit).
Carder’s efforts helped the Browns overcome a 28-3 deficit, the largest comeback victory by a road team in NFL history.
Carder also earned a game ball for his play.
“It wasn’t just for the block,” Pettine said. “Tank had a real nice tackle on a kickoff and blocked really well. He had one of his best games as a core-teamer for us.”
This is the first AFC Special Teams Player of the Week award for Carder, who is the first Browns player to win the award since Travis Benjamin in Week 5 in 2013.
Haden, Winn limited: Other than Taylor missing practice after arthroscopic surgery on his knee, DB Joe Haden (hip), DL Billy Winn (quad), LB Eric Martin (not injury related) and OL Joe Thomas (not injury related) were on the injury report.
“Joe’s hip, we’re not quite sure,” Pettine said. “There is some soreness in it. He went through the walkthrough this morning. I think we’ll be very cautious with it. You get to the point with certain guys where you feel good about their practice habits and where they are. You get them into Sunday mode. We’ll keep a very close eye on that and update you guys as the week goes on.”
Pettine said he was “cautiously optimistic” that Haden would be able to play against the Steelers.