Browns' Phil Taylor explains hit on Steelers' Kelvin Beachum

Matt Sullivan

The Pittsburgh Steelers season came to and end Sunday with some controversy.

In the final game of the 2012 season, the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Cleveland Browns 24-10 at Heinz Field, but not everything ended up like roses.

Offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum was knocked out of the game with a concussion after Browns' nose tackle Phil Taylor, cracked him with a forearm to the back.

After the game, the second-year player was anything but apologetic for injuring Beachum, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

"It was between the whistles; you have to keep your head on a swivel," Taylor said.

Taylor also accused the Steelers of being a dirty team in the article, stopping just short of saying it provided him with some motivation.

"They played dirty, so ..." Taylor said. "We aren‘t going to play dirty just because they play dirty. We are just playing football, and they get mad about it."

Head coach Pat Shurmur echoed Taylor's feelings in the article, saying he wasn't thrilled with Lawrence Timmons' sack of Thaddeus Lewis.

"I thought it was a helmet to the quarterback, absolutely," Shurmur said. "It sure the (heck) looked like one."

However, both teams will have plenty of time to get over their hard feelings with eight months until the start of training camp. Cleveland finished the season at 5-11 while Pittsburgh was able to get to 8-8 with the win.

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