Browns' Phil Taylor to miss first six games

The Browns placed Phil Taylor on the Reserve-Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, which means the starting defensive tackle will miss the first six games of the regular season. Taylor, who tore a pectoral muscle this offseason, can begin practicing after the Week 6 games and can practice up to three weeks before being designated to the active roster, injured reserve or being waived.

Cleveland also injury-waived defensive lineman Marcus Benard just two seasons after he recorded 7.5 sacks. It is believed that Benard, a situational pass-rusher, suffered a major elbow injury in Friday's preseason loss to the Eagles.

In addition to Benard, the Browns injury-waived defensive lineman Auston English and defensive back Antwuan Reed. If those three players clear waivers, the Browns can put them on injured reserve or reach an injury settlement with them.

The team also placed linebackers Chris Gocong and Emmanuel Acho on injured reserve.