Jairus Byrd Signed by Bills; Still Not Ready to Play

Jessica DAnalyst IJuly 30, 2009

PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 24:  Jairus Byrd #32 of the Oregon Ducks intercepts a pass intended for Brandon Breazell #1 of the UCLA Bruins in the fourth quarter at the Rose Bowl November 24, 2007 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Hours after signing offensive lineman Eric Wood to a five-year deal, the Buffalo Bills signed second-round pick Jairus Byrd to a contract.

However, unlike Wood, Byrd—a defensive back—will not immediately join his teammates on the practice field.

Byrd has been placed on the Active Non-Football injury list. He still counts toward the active roster.

The Oregon graduate missed all of the Bills' spring workouts due to the school's late final exam schedule. This forced Byrd to miss extremely valuable practice time, especially since he is transitioning from a college cornerback to an NFL free safety.

In short, he's not ready to play just yet.

In mid-June, Byrd was seen at One Bills Drive studying Perry Fewell's defensive scheme.

When asked about his situation, Byrd remained confident.

"It will be a process," he said. "But once I get it the instincts can take over.”

To make room for Byrd on the roster, the Bills also placed wide receiver P.K. Sam on the waived/injured list.