The Bills suffered another injury to one of their starters as FS Jairus Byrd is out indefinitely after having surgery for the third time in 13 months to repair a groin injury.
Buffalo arrived in Toronto on Wednesday to prepare to face the Colts in a preseason game Thursday night. Head coach Chan Gailey announced that Byrd is "going to be out for a while."
This injury is related to the one that ended Byrd's Pro Bowl 2009 campaign when he tied for the NFL lead with nine interceptions in just 14 games. The ’09 second-round draft pick out of Oregon set a franchise record for most interceptions by a rookie.
The Bills are coming off a 6-10 season and have been plagued by injuries during the preseason. Buffalo lost RBs Fred Jackson (hand) and Marshawn Lynch (ankle) for the rest of the preseason after each player suffered an injury in the team's first preseason game. OLB Aaron Schobel, the Bills' best pass rusher from '09, retired after he was granted his release, and ILB Paul Posluszny (groin) missed the first two weeks of camp but is expected to play Thursday night.
The secondary happens to be the Bills' strongest unit, though, as George Wilson will most likely replace Byrd. Wilson, who started at strong safety much of last season, recorded 103 tackles and four interceptions in ’09. Former starter Donte Whitner had assumed the starting SS spot this offseason.