ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) - With reports of trade rumors and a nagging foot injury overshadowing some of the other storylines this week, Bills safety Jairus Byrd is keeping his focus on getting himself back on the field.
Byrd is dealing with plantar faciitis in his foot - the same that plagued him last year, although he played through the pain in 2012.
“I played with it last year and things didn’t progress the way I liked them to in the offseason based on the protocol that was told to me," said Byrd. "I’m just trying to get my feet ready and that’s it and trying to help the team win as many games as we possibly can.”
"It’s going to be one of these situations where he’s going to wake up, and he’s going to say, ‘I feel great,’ and then we’re going to go,” said Head Coach Doug Marrone.
When it comes to the trade rumors, reported by the Buffalo News, Byrd said he is keeping his focus on football and letting his agent, Eugene Parker, handle the rest.
Parker declined to comment on the rumors.
Dealing Byrd would be extremely difficult at this point. Only eleven teams could fit him under the salary cap, and not all of them would even be in the market for a safety - let alone a safety with an injury risk.
Byrd lists himself as day-to-day. He has practiced on a limited basis the last two days, and could ultimately be a game-day decision on whether he will suit up Sunday against the Patriots.
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