January 25, 2014; Honolulu, HI, USA; Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd (31) and Chicago Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) during the 2014 Pro Bowl Ohana Day at Aloha Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jairus Byrd Has Back Surgery (It Was Optional)

In case you happened to miss it, during the Sean Payton press conference today, we discovered why New Orleans Saints top free agent acquisition, Jairus Byrd, has been missing from team OTAs this week.

As per Katherine Terrell of the Times-Picayune, here’s what Payton had to say: 

“He’s having a surgical procedure on his back for a disc, It’s been asymptomatic but it’s something we wanted to do, and he as well, to alleviate any issues coming in the fall. He’ll be back here in a week. For this next week, he won’t be at these OTAs, he’ll be going through his rehab.” -Sean Payton

Terrell notes that Payton stated the procedure was ‘optional’, so you can rest a little easier by knowing that. I’m sure we’d rather get this out-of-the-way now instead of wait until the season gets closer.

“We felt like it would be something that would prevent any issues in the fall,” -Sean Payton

The Saints acquired Jairus Byrd during free agency as a surprise to many around the league, and at the time, he was made the highest paid safety in the league with a 6-year, $54 million contract.

We wish Jairus Byrd the absolute best, and can’t wait to see him suit up on the field to make opposing quarterbacks and receivers tremble when they attempt to throw on the Saints this season.

Byrd should be completely ready to go by training camp.

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