Taylor says he'll retire after this season, his 15th in the NFL and his 13th with the Miami Dolphins.|||||||
Taylor, who made the announcement following practice Wednesday, leads all active players with 139 1/2 sacks, which ranks sixth all-time. He has six fumble returns for touchdowns, an NFL record. He'll conclude his career Sunday against the New York Jets. It'll be his 204th game with the Dolphins, which ranks second to Dan Marino's 242.
Taylor says he's rejoining the Miami Dolphins.|||||||
The NFL's active career sacks leader, who wants to play a 15th NFL season, disclosed his plans Monday on his foundation's Facebook page. The Dolphins declined to comment. The linebacker-defensive end had five sacks in 2010 to increase his career total to 132 1/2. He played in all 16 games for the Jets, including five as a starter.
Taylor has sat out the team's first practice in preparation for the AFC championship game at Pittsburgh, but has been cleared by doctors to play Sunday night.|||||||
Coach Rex Ryan says Wednesday that Taylor was injured at some point during the Jets' 28-21 win at New England last Sunday, and felt the effects of it later that night. Ryan says he expects Taylor to practice Thursday after he passed medical tests and is "ready to roll."
Taylor is listed as questionable with an elbow injury but is expected to play at Miami on Sunday night.|||||||
Taylor was limited in Friday's practice while recovering from an injured left elbow. Sunday's game will mark the first for Taylor against his former team.
Taylor expects to hear jeers and hopes to hear cheers when steps back onto the Miami Dolphins' field Sunday night wearing the uniform South Floridians hate most.|||||||
No. 99 is a longtime local favorite, but Taylor's new green and white New York Jets jersey is sure to color the reception he receives. The game will be Taylor's first against the Dolphins after 12 seasons with them. The NFL's active sack leader wanted to finish his career in Miami, but when there was no contract offer from the Bill Parcells regime last offseason, he reluctantly signed with the Jets.