By Jay Skurski
Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone confirmed Monday that Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd is dealing with plantar fasciitis in his foot.
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissue on the sole of the foot. According to WebMD, it is caused by straining the ligament that supports the arch of the foot. Repeated strain can cause tiny tears in the ligament, leading to pain and swelling.
There is no "cure" for the injury. Instead, a combination of rest, icing and stretching is most often utilized to treat the condition.
In other words, Byrd's injury is one that could nag him throughout the season. That's bad news for Byrd -- who's playing on a one-year contract and hopes to land a long-tern deal after the season. If he's not 100 percent -- or misses significant playing time -- it could severely damage his earning power.
It's also bad news for coach Doug Marrone, who will likely have to answer questions about Byrd's status on a weekly basis.
"It's really a condition," Marrone said Monday. "Each guy is different in how they come back from it. Right now he's working extremely hard to get back from it. That's more of a day-to-day issue right now."
Marrone said it was a "tough call" to know if Byrd would be ready to play Sunday against the New England Patriots.
Byrd looked to be limited in how much he was participating during the portion of practice that was open to the media. Marrone said afterward that Byrd did take some team drills, but did not have an exact number.
"I dont want to be held accountable for saying how many he's had, but he's been taking some of the scout team card work," Marrone said.
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