Phil Taylor DL CLE 18 Days

Taylor (hamstring) returned to practice Tuesday, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Taylor, who landed on Cleveland's PUP list to open training camp, re-joined the Browns' first-team defense on Tuesday. The imposing defensive lineman is projected to start at nose tackle again this season, thus limiting his fantasy value due to a lack of measurable stats.

Phil Taylor DL CLE 4 Months

Browns exercised NT Phil Taylor's fifth-year club option for 2015.

Phil Taylor DL CLE 4 Months

NT Phil Taylor is unsure if the Browns will pick up his fifth-year option.

If the Browns don't pick up Taylor's $5.5 million option by May 3, he'll be an unrestricted free agent in 2015. It's an interesting decision for the new Mike Pettine regime. Taylor has started 37 games over the last three seasons, showing well as a run stuffer last year but coming off the field on pass downs. The former first-round pick's value will depend on how Pettine uses him in the hybrid 3-4 scheme.

Phil Taylor DL CLE 6 Months

ESPN Cleveland doesn't believe Browns NT Phil Taylor was "happy about" seeing his playing time reduced last season.

Taylor appeared in 15 games in 2013 and played just 555 defensive snaps, good for 32nd among defensive tackles and nose tackles across the league. He exited the field on sure passing downs and recorded just 26 tackles and two sacks. However, Taylor was stout against the run. New coach Mike Pettine runs a multiple-front defense. Taylor should see increased snaps in 2014.

Phil Taylor DL CLE 8 Months

Browns NT Phil Taylor sustained a concussion in Sunday's Week 16 loss to the Jets.

Taylor will likely sit out the Week 17 finale against the Steelers. The run-stuffing former first-round pick has 26 tackles and two sacks on the season.

Phil Taylor DL CLE Jun 07 '13

Browns DL coach Joe Cullen confirmed Phil Taylor will play nose tackle in Cleveland's new 3-4 defense.

Desmond Bryant will be the right end, and Ahtyba Rubin will play left end. We'd seen some previous speculation about Rubin potentially playing nose tackle, but he's slimmed down and will play left end on base downs before kicking inside in sub-packages. Cleveland suddenly boasts a very talented defensive front.

Phil Taylor DL CLE Feb 03 '13

The Browns expect Phil Taylor to be the nose tackle in their new 3-4 defense.

It may seem obvious, but fellow 330-plus-pound defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin had a case to play nose, as well. Rubin will likely be a mammoth "five technique" in the Red Bryant mold. Taylor, 25 in April, came off PUP in Week 9 this past season to close strong, grading out positively as a run defender per Pro Football Focus' ratings. Taylor was also a 3-4 nose tackle at Baylor.

Phil Taylor DL CLE Nov 02 '12

Browns activated NT Phil Taylor (pectoral) from the PUP list.

Phil Taylor DL CLE Oct 31 '12

Browns NT Phil Taylor (torn pectoral, PUP) expects to make his 2012 debut Sunday.

Taylor has yet to be officially activated from the PUP list, but it's a formality at this point. Taylor does not expect to start against the Ravens, instead rotating in. His return will be a huge boost for a defense allowing 131.6 rushing yards per game and 4.4 yards per carry.

Phil Taylor DL CLE Oct 25 '12

Browns NT Phil Taylor (torn pectoral, PUP) could return for Week 9.

Taylor has resumed practicing, but won't play in this week's game against the Chargers. The 6'3/355 run-stuffer's eventual return will be a major boost to a defense giving up 4.52 yards per carry.