ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) - After months of waiting, Bills fans will finally see Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd back on the field this Sunday.
"A lot of excitement," said Byrd. "This is what I’ve always wanted to do anyways from, day one. Now we’re here and I finally get to go play, so I’m excited."
Byrd missed the first five games with plantar fasciitis in his foot, after skipping training camp because of contract issues. He was limited in practice for weeks, but finally starting participating fully before the Cleveland game. Head Coach Doug Marrone made the decision to sit Byrd for that matchup, because of the limited practice time - a decision Byrd was not happy with at the time.
"When he explained it to me, that’s one thing I will give Coach Marrone, he definitely took me aside and explained everything to me. His thought process, so hat’s off to him for that. I understood, after he explained it to me. As a competitor you want to be out there, so I understand," said Byrd.
For Marrone, he is just as anxious to the the Bills' Pro Bowl safety back on the field as anyone.
"I’m really excited to see him back out there," said Marrone. "We’re working him in different things going forward, but he looks better and better. It was interesting, right before the Cleveland game when he worked out I had a great sense of excitement there and now it’s carried over. I’m looking forward to him going out there and playing."
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