CLEVELAND (AP) - Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor's season could be in jeopardy after he injured a chest muscle lifting weights on Thursday.
The team said the massive Taylor, Cleveland's first-round draft pick in 2011, hurt his left pectoral muscle while working out during the team's offseason conditioning program. The Browns said Taylor will be further evaluated on Monday to determine a course of treatment.
Taylor's agent, Peter Schaffer, said surgery is possible.
"Either he will be fine and play well or he will correct the problem and be fine and play well," Schaffer said in an email. "Those are the only two options we are looking at or thinking about."
The Browns were criticized by some fans and draft experts for taking Cincinnati defensive tackle John Hughes in the third round last month. But if Taylor is out for any significant time, Hughes could be thrust into the starting lineup or get even more playing time in the tackle rotation with veterans Brian Schaefering, Scott Paxson and fellow rookie Billy Winn, a sixth-round pick from Boise State.
Hughes reported to Berea on Thursday for a physical with the team's other rookies, who will participate in a three-day minicamp this weekend.