Second year safety Jairus Byrd, the runnerup for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2009, is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery for the third time in 13 months, this time to repair a groin injury.
Head coach Chan Gailey announced the news after the Bills arrived in Toronto today to prepare for tomorrow night's preseason game against the Colts. Gailey said he didn't know whether Byrd would be ready for the Sept. 12 opener against the Dolphins.
"It looks like he's going to be out for a while," Gailey said. "We're hoping first game, but it may be not."
Gailey said the injury is related to the groin injury that ended Byrd's season in 2009. He had surgery to repair the injury during the off-season, and also had a sports hernia repaired last summer.
The second-round pick from Oregon tied for the NFL lead with nine interceptions and set a franchise record with an interception in five straight games.