After the New Orleans Saints stunned the league with one of the biggest offseason transactions of the year by signing Jairus Bryd, the free safety decided to undergo spinal surgery to remove some discomfort from a disc in his back. This sparked up a bit of concern in the Crescent City, but the procedure was carried out for precautionary purposes only.
The All-Pro safety chose to visit Dr. Robert Watkins, who performed on Peyton Manning‘s neck ailment, to avoid any setbacks during the actual season. Byrd, who leads all players at his position with 22 interceptions since entering the NFL out of the Oregon, was placed on the physically unable to perform list in the days leading up to training camp.
The three-time Pro Bowl safety was cleared from the PUP list this morning and returned to practices at the The Greenbrier, a luxury resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.V. where the Saints are holding their training camp drills for the next couple of weeks. Byrd was only available to participate in walk-throughs, but this still comes as great news for Sean Payton and company. He should be ready to go in pads any day now.
Following Tuesday’s practices, Byrd was seen staying after with some of the coaches and catching footballs from the throwing machine. This just shows how committed he is to his new team and his eagerness to get back onto the field.
After the departure of veterans like Jonathan Vilma, Roman Harper and Will Smith, the Saints’ defense could use some extra leaders who are willing to express their dedication to the organization. With Byrd now back in action, New Orleans’ “no-fly zone” secondary is in effect.