Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Bad news Bills lose another big player
By Tim Graham
Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey revealed Wednesday safety Jairus Byrd had groin surgery for a third time in the past 13 months and will be out indefinitely.
The problem is related to the sports-hernia surgery Byrd underwent before the end of last season. Still, Byrd managed to intercept nine passes in just 14 games (11 starts) and tied for the NFL lead. He was selected for the Pro Bowl but couldn't play.
"It looks like he's going to be out for a while," Gailey said. "We're hoping first game, but it may be not."
Buffalo's prospects for 2010 were dim enough without their roster being ravaged by injuries.
For context on how rough training camp has been, here's a loosely comprised list of their top few players, not counting punter Brian Moorman or kicker Rian Lindell.
- Wide receiver Lee Evans: healthy.
- Running back Fred Jackson: out four to six weeks with a broken hand.
- Running back Marshawn Lynch: out three to four weeks with a sprained ankle.
- Inside linebacker Paul Posluszny: missed first two weeks and preseason opener after groin surgery ... expected to play Thursday night against Indianapolis Colts.
- Cornerback Terrence McGee: healthy.
- Safety Jairus Byrd: out indefinitely after groin surgery.
- Running back C.J. Spiller: healthy ... not sure yet where the rookie should rank on this list, but he belongs.
Did I forget anybody? Maybe you can put defensive lineman Marcus Stroud in there somewhere. He's also healthy.
Also hurt for the Bills: receivers David Nelson (leg), James Hardy (foot) and Marcus Easley (knee) and linebacker Chris Kelsay (shoulder).
Left tackle Demetrius Bell (knee) and right guard Eric Wood (leg) have been moved along cautiously as they recover from injuries suffered last year. Both are expected to play Thursday night.