Back surgery for Saints' Jairus Byrd

Updated: May 29, 2014, 11:51 PM ET
By Mike Triplett | ESPN.com

METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints' prized free-agency acquisition, safety Jairus Byrd, is undergoing back surgery Thursday that the team is hoping will have him back at full speed in time for training camp.

Coach Sean Payton described the surgery as "something that didn't need to be done" but that all parties decided would be best for Byrd long-term after a disc issue had been nagging him for the past month -- and even before Byrd joined the Saints.

Payton said Byrd ...

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