Jairus Byrd injury: plantar fasciitis dates back to 2012 season

Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE

It's looking like the Bills' signing of Jim Leonhard relates directly to Byrd's foot, which in combination with his skipping training camp could keep him out of the lineup for a while.

Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd may miss some time with a plantar fasciitis condition that dates back to the 2012 regular season, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Byrd injured his foot in a Week 2 win over Kansas City last season, and was questionable to play the following week in a road game against Cleveland. After dealing with several other injuries throughout the season, Byrd was listed as probable for the final three weeks of the season on those games' respective injury reports with a foot injury. Rapoport's report implies that the late-season string of games on the injury report were the result of the condition.

Byrd played in all 16 games last season, and played in the Pro Bowl in late January, as well.

Now, the foot issue - combined with the fact that Byrd has still only been back at the team facility for a week and a half following his decision to skip training camp in a contract dispute - looks like it may keep him out of the lineup for the foreseeable future. His expected absence likely explains the team's decision to sign Jim Leonhard to the active roster as a sixth safety; it's a strong bet that we'll see Leonhard on the field in Week 1 against New England.

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