The Saints were without their biggest acquisition of the offseason Thursday for OTAs.
Coach Sean Payton told reporters that safety Jairus Byrd had back surgery, and wouldn’t be available for the next several weeks.
According to Katherine Terrell of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Byrd wouldn’t have had the procedure if it was the regular season, and they hope getting it done now clears him up for the fall.
It does make you wonder whether they knew it was a problem when they gave him a six-year, $54 million contract.
Byrd missed five games last year with a foot problem (which probably wasn’t made to feel better by the lack of a contractual commitment from the Bills).
While missing workouts in May isn’t alarming, Byrd’s recent past does provide reason for at least mild concern.