Byrd keeps piece of interception title

Buffalo Bills rookie safety Jairus Byrd can exhale.

Nobody overtook him as the NFL's interceptions leader.

With two weeks left in the regular season, Byrd went on injured reserve because he opted to have groin surgery. He had a league-leading nine interceptions at the time, but was tied by New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper and Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel in Week 16.

Byrd held onto a piece of the title Sunday. Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson intercepted his ninth pass, but nobody snatched a 10th, leaving Byrd in a four-way tie for the honor.

Byrd's nine interceptions set Buffalo's rookie record. He had at least one interception in five straight games, also a club record.

On the topic of Bills milestones, here are some records they broke in 2009:

  • Fewest first downs in a season, 233 (234 in 2006).

  • Fewest fumbles recovered, five (seven in 1997).

  • Highest punting average, Brian Moorman at 46.58 yards (Moorman at 45.66 yards in 2005).

  • Most career punt returns, Roscoe Parrish with 118 (Jeff Burris had 100).