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Bills get exemption for Jairus Byrd

Updated: August 21, 2013, 7:23 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- The NFL isn't going to stand in safety Jairus Byrd's way to open the regular season.

In granting the Buffalo Bills' request to have the newly re-signed player not count on their roster, the league limited the exemption only through the team's final two preseason games.

The ruling, announced Wednesday, becomes the next step in clearing the way for the two-time Pro Bowl safety to open the season on the active roster.

Byrd, however, must still pass a physical.

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