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Jairus Byrd on schedule in recovery from back surgery

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The Saints went through OTAs and minicamp without safety Jairus Byrd after their biggest free agent acquisition had back surgery in May.

The word at the time was that Byrd could have played through any injury, but that he decided to get it taken care of in the offseason so that it would not cause him any problems during the season. According to Mike Triplett of ESPN.com, things are progressing as hoped.

Byrd is expected to be healthy enough to take part in the team’s first practices of training camp at the Greenbrier in West Virginia, although the team may opt to bring him along slowly after missing the offseason program. Whether or not he is a full participant from the first day, Byrd’s got plenty of time to get himself into game shape and he should be in the lineup in Week One as long as he avoids any further injury.

The more cautious approach makes sense since the Saints see Byrd’s arrival as a chance to continue the defensive turnaround that started under defensive coordinator Rob Ryan last season. Byrd and Kenny Vaccaro give the team two playmakers to deploy in the back end as they try to claim an NFC South title this season.

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23 Responses to “Jairus Byrd on schedule in recovery from back surgery”
  1. vikesr4reel says: Jul 21, 2014 1:32 PM

    Talk about bandwagon fans, look at the saints fans!!
    Remember wearing brown bags over your heads???
    Hope the saints keep winning otherwise there may be a lot of fans suffocating inside their Wal-mart bags!!

    Skol

  2. watermelon1 says: Jul 21, 2014 1:49 PM

    Why would the Saints be “in hopes” that something WOULD cause their player problems?

  3. selliott504 says: Jul 21, 2014 1:50 PM

    Looking forward to seeing him on the Black and Gold playing field soon! WHO DAT!

  4. Andee says: Jul 21, 2014 2:07 PM

    Bummed the Bills let him walk, but I guess this is not really something I’d want to worry about. Neck and back injuries are a big deal, and I think recovery times are often shaky if not optimistic.

  5. gooboy6 says: Jul 21, 2014 2:12 PM

    Back surgery is tricky deal , his best days may be behind him

  6. boisestatewhodat says: Jul 21, 2014 2:15 PM

    SkoLOL!!

    XLIV CHAMPS!!

  7. toddsage1billsfan says: Jul 21, 2014 2:20 PM

    Great player for my Bills and would have really liked to have him at about ~6 mil per year, but the Saints overpaid and that was before the presence of a back issue. Nearly 60 mil over 6 years with 28 guaranteed! Good lord….they will regret that one.

  8. xxwhodatxx says: Jul 21, 2014 2:26 PM

    Vikesr4reel, dude get a life and stop trolling Saints posts.
    The Vikings lost the NFCCG get over it. Farve ain’t coming back.

  9. madddogg365 says: Jul 21, 2014 2:28 PM

    As long as the Saints keep playing those Vikings we will be ok. lol

  10. 504in860 says: Jul 21, 2014 2:28 PM

    I’m sure you’ll find more recent pics of Vikes fans wearing bags.

  11. reeggss says: Jul 21, 2014 2:29 PM

    Great move by the bills to let him go, this guy is a handful of lucky interceptions away from being an above average player, highly overpaid, you only pay safeties that much if they are elite game changers, Thomas, reed, etc. Saints will regret this move in a year or two.

  12. geauxsaintsforever says: Jul 21, 2014 2:43 PM

    Very excited to see Byrd, Vaccaro, and Bush manning the safety positions this year. Should give the Saints a top 5 safety grouping. Who Dat!

  13. sb44champs says: Jul 21, 2014 2:51 PM

    ^ Top 1 or 2 in INTs in last 2 years is lucky? I think not!!!

  14. canmannac says: Jul 21, 2014 2:57 PM

    vikes4reel

    why do you even PONDER posting?

    yes you are once twice three, even FOUR times a superbowl loser, we LOOOVVVVVE it. Yes we do.

    Go practice some 56yr field goals…

    The Lord blessed us with the Bryd, so we could send it as a signal to you…. lol

    Skol, is that viking for empty skull no brain?

    like Hell skooool? Anyone in in der?

  15. lengai says: Jul 21, 2014 3:11 PM

    Why are Viking’s fans STILL acting like they would have won the SB in 2009 and that the Saints “robbed” them? The Vikes lost 4 times already and if they could have managed to get out of their own way in ’09 and get to the SB instead of the Saints they would have lost that one too. That’s what the Vikings do.

    #VikesFansChasingGhostChampionships

  16. mdd913 says: Jul 21, 2014 3:18 PM

    YOU COULD JUST RUN THE BALL. YOU COULD LINE UP AND KICK A 56 YARD FIELD GOAL!!

  17. canmannac says: Jul 21, 2014 3:32 PM

    mdd913
    OR TAKE KNEE!!!! C’MON MAN!! THIS AIN’T DETRIOT, lol NOR was it a trip to the superbowl!!!! lol

  18. bayouranch says: Jul 21, 2014 4:04 PM

    not really sweating Byrd, we have so much depth on this team, short of losing Brees, this team will be in the mix for another superbowl.

  19. hmkidd1 says: Jul 21, 2014 4:08 PM

    Vikings fans can never stop crying, that is the only way they can keep those 10,000 lakes full of water

  20. reeggss says: Jul 21, 2014 4:49 PM

    Exactly, three less interceptions and he is a pedestrian. He is a good player but not near worth that salary, couple tipped passes don’t go his way and he is not even top 10 in INT’s

  21. djshnooks says: Jul 21, 2014 9:08 PM

    He’ll be hurt again by week 6. Lol.

    He’s made of glass.

  22. mattryansnoodlearm says: Jul 22, 2014 12:14 PM

    Haters gonna hate. Always.

  23. nonyt says: Jul 22, 2014 1:55 PM

    “He’ll be hurt again by week 6. Lol.

    He’s made of glass.”

    What’s that? Wishful thinking?

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