On Monday, head coach Chan Gailey told reporters that Byrd seemed like he’d be ready to go for the Bill’s next game.
“He played the whole game and it [Byrd’s foot] came out a little bit more swollen today than maybe all of us had hoped,” Gailey said. “I think he’ll be fine for this weekend.”
However, today, Gailey doesn’t seem as optimistic.
This morning, Gailey stated that Byrd had “taken a step back.” He then went on to tell reporters that Byrd hasn’t been progressing as well as expected.
“He’s going to struggle to make some practice this week. So we’ll have to see. It may be a game-time decision on him.”
Byrd will not be practicing with the team today, although X-rays on his foot were negative.
If Byrd ends up not being able to go against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, the Bills do have options.
Da’Norris Searcy has been getting snaps in at strong safety in place of starter and defensive captain George Wilson. If needed, Wilson could move to play free safety in place of Byrd, moving Searcy to Wilson’s spot.
The 25-year old has tremendous ball-hawking skills and sees the field very well. If he in fact does play on Sunday, he could cause trouble for Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden–not to mention his great run supporting skills and open field tackling ability, which will be needed to slow down another Cleveland rookie, Trent Richardson.
Throughout his career, Jairus Byrd has displayed tremendous work ethic and will do whatever it takes to play in the NFL.
Don’t be one bit surprised if Byrd is ready to go this Sunday.
Adam Pfeifer is a contributing writer for Rant Sports, covering the Buffalo Bills.
You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.