Byrd is dealing with plantar fasciitis, clouding the outlook for his chances of getting on the field with his teammates for the season opener against the Patriots. Byrd said he is working “as much as my body will allow” and he was a limited participant in practice, but coach Doug Marrone said that Byrd’s not in a place yet where he will be able to help the team win games.
“He’s still working his way back in, doing a couple of team things, but he’s still working his way back in to get in a position where he can help us,” Marrone said, via the team’s website.
It’s been a rocky summer for Byrd and the Bills, but it is in both sides’ best interests for the foot problem to subside enough for Byrd to get on the field and play at a high level. The benefits to the Bills defense are obvious and Byrd’s drive for a big contract after the season isn’t helped by a foot problem that causes him to slow down.