Second-year defensive tackle Phil Taylor will make his 2012 regular-season debut for the Cleveland Browns in today’s game against the Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
Taylor is expected start in place of Ahtyba Rubin, who was listed as “doubtful” on Friday’s injury report and is inactive for today’s game due to a calf injury.
Taylor started all 16 games for the Browns in 2011 and earned All-Rookie Team status after registering 59 total tackles, 37 solo stops, four sacks, one pass defended and one forced fumble. However, he suffered a torn pectoral muscle in an offseason workout and spent the first eight weeks of the season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List. He was activated on Friday afternoon.
The Browns have also deactivated defensive backs Dimitri Patterson and Tashaun Gipson, running back Brandon Jackson, fullback Owen Marecic, offensive lineman Jarrod Shaw and wide receiver Josh Cooper. Patterson (ankle) was declared “out” on Friday’s injury report.
In addition to Taylor, the Browns are expected to start Josh Gordon at wide receiver in place of four-year veteran Mohamed Massaquoi, who is active for the first time in six weeks after suffering a hamstring injury in the team’s 24-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
Massaquoi has nine receptions for 145 yards and is averaging 16.1 yards per catch this season.
The Ravens deactivated cornerback/return specialist Asa Jackson, running back Bobby Rainey, offensive lineman Ramon Harewood, wide receiver Deonte Thompson, tight end Billy Bajema, defensive end Pernell McPhee and defensive tackle Bryan Hall for today’s game.
Baltimore has no expected changes to the starting lineup.
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