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Jairus Byrd missing Saints OTAs after back surgery

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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.

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35 Responses to “Jairus Byrd missing Saints OTAs after back surgery”
  1. cptbuff says: May 29, 2014 1:30 PM

    I am shocked! Jairus Byrd was always such a team player in Buffalo!

  2. distracted9 says: May 29, 2014 1:34 PM

    And to think I was mad Philly didn’t show more interest.

  3. caspius1 says: May 29, 2014 1:35 PM

    What? Byrd Injured? How so?

  4. nfl289 says: May 29, 2014 1:36 PM

    Ha $54 million for a part time player.

  5. kingokra says: May 29, 2014 1:40 PM

    What? This is just great. Maybe there is a clause in the contract that voids it if he doesn’t make it back, no pun intended. Back surgery for a football player is not a good thing.

  6. isithockeyseasonyet says: May 29, 2014 1:52 PM

    Where are all the outraged eagles fans that were calling in the radio stations blasting roseman for not getting this dude? I’m an eagles fan from philly sick of all the crying from fellow fans

  7. buffalowned says: May 29, 2014 1:54 PM

    Don’t worry Saints fans he is a great player…for 8-10 games a year

  8. ariani1985 says: May 29, 2014 2:05 PM

    Lol at the aints

  9. idonttipipaybills says: May 29, 2014 2:07 PM

    Stop it..jarius Byrd is a great player..and will be missed in buffalo. ..otas dont mean anything

  10. thraiderskin says: May 29, 2014 2:16 PM

    The Saints are stupid… Jenkins all day.

  11. Billsweregreatonce says: May 29, 2014 2:18 PM

    What’s wrong with that, I like to work part time too!!!! I thought he didn’t want to play for us cause we are the BILLS!!!! #BILLSMAFIA

  12. rlbosox22 says: May 29, 2014 2:19 PM

    Love the eagles fans commenting. Byrd injured in OTAs is still 1000 times better than Malcolm Jenkins. Good luck w him

  13. janvanflac says: May 29, 2014 2:20 PM

    Great player when healthy but this is why you don’t shower bucket loads of cash on free agents with durability issues. As an Eagles fan I’m glad the adults are in charge and they didn’t mortgage the future to get him.

  14. greenwhodat26 says: May 29, 2014 2:22 PM

    Jenkins all day? Are you talking about Malcolm “whiffs on tackles all day” Jenkins? Haha you’re in for a rude awakening

  15. ilovefoolsball says: May 29, 2014 2:35 PM

    I’m sure the haters and Buffalo fans will say “YEP TOLD YA!”
    But let’s face it, this guy at 50% would STILL be better than Jenkins and Harper (who both missed their share of games) at 100%.

  16. distracted9 says: May 29, 2014 2:51 PM

    As an Eagles fan I’m not knocking the player just the price paid for the player. I’m not a blind fan, I know how soft our secondary is but I also know how painful it is to have a stud on the sideline hurt while being torched.

  17. icanhazblogs says: May 29, 2014 2:51 PM

    I didn’t believe my friend Jarius Byrd was making money from home working part time until I saw the checks…..

  18. lewiscafarella says: May 29, 2014 2:51 PM

    He’s a great player Saints fans, but he’s oft injured. Just FYI.

  19. patbocam says: May 29, 2014 3:09 PM

    I trust Payton & Loomis. The Saints are in good hands. The saints also matched the falcons offer to Rafael Bush and retained him. He and Kenny Vacaro can hold things down IF Byrd can’t go game 1. Smart move retaining Bush. #itallmakessensenow

  20. mdd913 says: May 29, 2014 3:27 PM

    I see the haters are out….what you all don’t realize is the Saints’ secondary is so stacked that Byrd is actually a luxury to have. Bush and Vaccaro on their own would still be one of the league’s best safety duos, not that it matters because Byrd is only out for like a week.

  21. pammy6 says: May 29, 2014 3:31 PM

    Hahahah!! He milked a little pain in his foot all he could last season. I’d be worried if I was Saints a fan, who knows how long a back problem will keep him out?

  22. garyeyee says: May 29, 2014 3:36 PM

    He’s lazy, never wants to show in OTA’s, just comes in before the season starts with training camp and I’m sure he will have another excuse for that. He’s full of bull…fake being sick like a kid staying home from school. What a joke…lol

  23. wwwmattcom says: May 29, 2014 4:05 PM

    KARMA

    Fake a foot injury Byrd, now suffer.

  24. arzcardinals says: May 29, 2014 4:29 PM

    Back surgery can’t be good for any NFL player. I don’t care if a guy is a backup once I hear back surgery I pretty much write them off for their career. Hope he’s fine, but anytime back surgery in involved I’m nervous.

  25. djshnooks says: May 29, 2014 4:32 PM

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!

    Enjoy that BS every year, New Orleans!!!

  26. djshnooks says: May 29, 2014 4:35 PM

    1. No, he will not be missed in buffalo.

    2. You want him even at 50% and you are paying him a lot of money.

    Are we haters, or are you in denial?

    Your team made a bad signing, too bad.

  27. gridironmike says: May 29, 2014 4:58 PM

    1. He will be missed in Buffalo.

    2. As mdd913 says above, he’ll be sidelined a week. He’ll be 100% for the start of training camp.

  28. whodatfromtheville says: May 29, 2014 5:25 PM

    Hey if the Saints can get 10-11 GREAT games out of him….I won’t complain. Just hopefully those 10 games are at the end of the season and playoff time. Either way it sure does make you wonder if the Saints knew he would need this prior to signing him. Who Dat

  29. 504in860 says: May 29, 2014 5:54 PM

    Bills fans are hilarious. Your team hasn’t been to the playoffs since 1999, but somehow a surgery that will only keep Byrd out for OTAs makes you feel like winners.

  30. johnclaytonsponytail says: May 29, 2014 7:09 PM

    Its comical to hear fans from losing teams act like the sky is falling for the Saints over a minor surgery 3 months before training camp. Hell be in camp and on the field for Sept 7.

  31. bcajun says: May 29, 2014 7:46 PM

    Jenkins better??!!! Bwahahahahahaha the guy IS NOT a playmaker…average safety at best and somewhat of a bust considering where he was picked

  32. tredog95 says: May 29, 2014 8:45 PM

    Dude, does anyone realize how many safeties we have? Marcus Ball is quietly the dude to watch and bush is the safety valve. Lol

  33. cursedvikings1998 says: May 29, 2014 8:45 PM

    Ahem… we are still 14 weeks away from the regular season.

    Chill.

  34. catquick says: May 29, 2014 9:22 PM

    He hurt this in the Pro Bowl. I remember him leaving the game before halftime with what the announcers said was a lower back injury. He had a ruptured groin too, Saints fans. His plantar fasicist is another big problem. It never goes away. He can play, and play well, just not all the time. He does tend to sulk too. you might love his play but not like him.

  35. kingbrees9 says: May 30, 2014 8:56 PM

    He will be just fine everyone makes it worse then what it is . At most he will miss part of training camp . With his past resume this saint fan is not worried :)

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