Jairus Byrd injury: Bills safety 'can't predict the future' on return

Rick Stewart

Jairus Byrd has no idea when he will return to play for the Bills after missing the team's two-point loss to the Patriots in the season opener.

Jairus Byrd isn't sure when he will be able to return to play for the Buffalo Bills thanks to plantar fasciitis in both of his feet. The safety told ESPN.com that he "can't predict to future" and is waiting for his feet to be 100 percent healthy before making his season debut.

Byrd was a limited participant throughout practice last week before being marked doubtful and eventually inactive before the start of Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. Cornerback Stephon Gilmore was also ruled out, hampering the secondary in a two-point loss that was very winnable for the Bills.

Byrd said that he played through the same condition last season. He managed to put up solid numbers, accumulating 76 tackles, five interceptions and four forced fumbles. The new Bills coaching staff appears to be taking a cautious approach, however. Byrd's treatment plan consists of orthotic shoe inserts, creams and stretching.

After the loss, Byrd said that it "hurt" to watch from the sideline. Via ESPN:

"It was a really weird feeling. To be honest, it hurt," Byrd said. "It's not a good feeling to watch a game like that."

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