Bills coach Chan Gailey told reporters in Toronto this evening that safety Jairus Byrd is out indefinitely due to surgery on his groin. The concern for the Bills is it's the third surgery for Byrd on the groin in 13 months.
Byrd missed the start of training camp last year due to groin surgery. He played as a reserve in the first two regular season games last season then moved into the starting lineup for the third game. Byrd made eight straight starts and had eight interceptions over that stretch, but the groin injury nagged him later in the season. He saw increasingly limited duty in December and had to go on injured reserve for the last two games. He had another procedure to address the groin problem around the first of the year.
Gailey said it was uncertain whether Byrd would be available for the season opener on Sept. 12 against Miami. That's 25 days away. One consolation for the Bills is secondary is the deepest position on the team. Byrd's backup, George Wilson, has 24 career starts.