No family affair

Bears coach Gill Byrd won't see his son Jairus play on Saturday

August 14, 2009, 12:20 PM

By: Jeff Dickerson

Byrd versus Byrd has been put on hold.

Buffalo's second-round pick Jairus Byrd, son of Bears assistant defensive backs/safeties coach Gill Byrd, will not play Saturday night as he continues to recover from a sports hernia injury.

"What he's told me is that he's on the field this week, and he should be ready for Green Bay next week," Gill said on Thursday. "Everything is going fine. He's five weeks post-op on a sports hernia, so everything is going well from what I understand."

Although Jairus was a standout cornerback at Oregon, the Bills are shifting the rookie to another spot in the secondary, a move endorsed by his father.

"They're playing him at safety, but remember, he was a safety when he was recruited out of high school," said Byrd. "He didn't move to corner until his second year in college. It should come easy to him, but we'll have to see."

Byrd feels his son is in good hands, learning from Buffalo defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, who has extensive ties to both Byrd and Lovie Smith. Fewell coached with both men in St. Louis, and was Smith's defensive backs coach back in 2005.

"He has some excellent coaches with a lot of experience, that's what excites me," said Byrd. "Perry Fewell went to go see him play high school football, so we've known the Fewell family for a while. He knew a lot about Jairus, not just about him on the field, but off the field as well. That's something you don't know about a lot of players until they actually come on your team."

It also doesn't hurt when your dad is one of the greatest all-time players in Chargers' history. The elder Byrd played 10 seasons in San Diego, picking off a team-record 42 passes and making two Pro Bowls.


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