Jun 10, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints safety Jarius Byrd (31) during minicamp at the New Orleans Saints Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Former Oregon Safety Jairus Byrd, Now With New Orleans, Could Return to Practice Soon

In the offseason Jairus Byrd was among several former Oregon Ducks to switch teams in the NFL. After starting his career with the Buffalo Bills and becoming one of the better Safeties in the NFL, Byrd traded in his white Jersey for a Black one and signed with the New Orleans Saints in the offseason. During that time he also had back surgery in May to fix a disc issue. He attended the mandatory mini camp that month and now that NFL Training Camp is here the $26 million acquisition will likely be back on the field before camp is over according to New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Peyton. He was placed on the PUP(Physically Unable to Perform) list.

Byrd was on the field on Friday at the opening of Training Camp, but has yet to return to football related activities. Of course, there is no set timetable at this point but Peyton went as far as to say it would be ‘sooner rather than later’ and he was confident that Byrd would be on the field in time for the New Orleans Saints season opener at the Atlanta Falcons. Byrd began his NFL career with the Buffalo Bills and made a name fur himself.

In five seasons with the Buffalo Bills he had three hundred fifty six combined tackles, with twenty two interceptions including three in 2013. He is expected to help the Saints compete in 2014 for a chance at the NFL Playoffs and the Super Bowl.

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