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