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06/06/14 - S Jairus Byrd, who signed a six-year, $54 million contract in March, is on target to be ready for the start of training camp.
Byrd underwent a surgical procedure on his back May 29 to deal with a problematic disc.
06/01/14 - S Jairus Byrd was noticeably absent at the first organized team activity open to the media and likely won't be back on the field until the start of training camp in late July.
Byrd, the Saints' top acquisition in free agency this winter, had back surgery Thursday on a problematic disc and will miss the final two weeks of OTAs (June 3-5 and June 17-19) and a full-squad minicamp (June 10-12).
Saints coach Sean Payton made the announcement after Thursday's practice, saying the procedure will help alleviate and prevent any issues that could have cropped up during the regular season.
Payton said Byrd, who received a six-year, $54 million contract from the Saints on the first day of the free-agency signing period on March 11, has dealt with a back problem in the past and it came up again this offseason during a weightlifting session.
While Byrd wasn't experiencing any discomfort, Payton said a specialist in Los Angeles indicated surgery was an option. Payton said Byrd wouldn't have had surgery during the season and would have been treated for any symptoms he might have had.
"He didn't have any pain, but it was something we wanted to handle ... especially with his position," said Payton, who noted that Byrd will return to the team's training facility next week (June 2) to begin his rehab on the back.
"Our guess is we'll be very cautious, and hopefully get him back here and then he'll start training camp with no problem," he said. "We felt like (the surgery) would be something that would prevent any issues in the fall."
Byrd, who had 22 interceptions, 11 forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries in five seasons with the Buffalo Bills, is expected to be the ball-hawk the Saints lacked last season.
The Saints ranked second against the pass, but came up with only 19 takeaways -- the fourth-fewest in the league -- with nine in the final 14 games counting the playoffs.
04/01/14 - S Jairus Byrd was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Saints from the Bills March 13.
12/09/13 - FS Jairus Byrd made his fourth interception and second in as many weeks. He is now tied for the team lead despite missing the first five games.
11/27/13 - FS Jairus Byrd insinuated that he may be more willing to work toward getting a long-term deal signed with the Bills in the offseason.
"I'm just keeping my mind open," Byrd said. "The process is going to take care of itself and all I'm worried about is what I've got to do and that's play on the field."
Byrd is playing under the franchise tag this season because he and the Bills could not come to an agreement on a long-term contract by the offseason deadline. Byrd conducted a lengthy absence from the team, missing almost the entire offseason before returning in late August to play for $6.9 million. With three interceptions in the last two games, he is rounding back into form and the Bills may be realizing how important he is to the emerging defense.
"A lot of the questions that everyone's asking me, do you want to be here, I'm really not the right one to be asking the questions to," Byrd said. "It's not totally up to me, so like I said, it is what it is and I'm just focused on football and playing to the best of my ability."