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Jairus Byrd wanted to play, but Doug Marrone kept him out

By Jay Skurski

CLEVELAND -- Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd declared himself ready to play before Thursday night's game against the Cleveland Browns, but he wasn't on the field.

That's because of a coaching decision made by Doug Marrone.

"I think it's my responsibility to make sure that we put a player out there that goes full speed for a full week," Marrone said after the Bills' 37-24 loss at FirstEnergy Stadium. "If it was a Sunday game, I think it could have been different for us, but on a short week right before ...

"I was happy that he could do it, and I appreciate that. Now we'll get him in there and get him practicing and get him ready to go."

Byrd, who worked out on the field before the game, said his plantar fasciitis felt good enough to play.

"I felt good to go," Byrd said. "He just didn't think it would be best for me to go tonight. Ultimately, that was his call. He controls all that."

Byrd thus watched from the sideline, as he has for the Bills' previous four games. He said he felt helpless as the Browns made a few big plays in the passing game in the second half.

"You never want to see that and know you're sitting there and can't do anything about it," Byrd said. "Being on the sidelines is not a good place."


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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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