Bills safety Jairus Byrd, who came in first place in defensive rookie of the year voting among players who didn’t test positive for performance-enhancing drugs, says he’s getting better but not completely recovered from hip surgery.
“I’ve felt pretty good,” Byrd told Buffalobills.com after Wednesday’s OTAs. “I’m coming back into the swing of things, but the rest of it is just on-the-field stuff. It has to loosen up, there is some tightness in there, but the rest is just getting out and working it out on the field.”
Byrd has been a limited participant in OTAs and will be limited at this weekend’s minicamp, but he hasn’t been very limited. He’s working with the first-string defense and is participating in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills. He expects to be completely healthy by the start of training camp.
Byrd tied for the league lead with nine interceptions in 2009. He sat out the last two games of the season with a torn labrum in his hip.