Buffalo Bills star free safety Jairus Byrd suffered a foot injury that likely occured during practice last week (head coach Doug Marrone announced the injured after the final preseason game), and he recently took a visit to Dr. Robert Anderson in order to get a second opinion on the foot injury.
According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Jairus Byrd has been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, but it sounds like Byrd will be playing through it. Plantar fasciitis is one of those injuries that players can play through, but Rapoport (and followers in replies) note that it is extremely painful. Byrd is currently in another contract year on a franchise deal worth $6.916 million in guaranteed money, but Byrd has made it clear that he absolutely hates the tag. The safety has requested a trade out of Buffalo, and both the Bills organization and Byrd are clearly on bad terms.
However, Byrd will have to soldier on through the season with the franchise tag and play through the pain, but he may have dodged a bullet. Plantar fasciitis is a painful injury, but it’s a lot better than suffering from a Lisfranc injury a la Santonio Holmes. Byrd won’t be needing surgery on his foot and will play against the New England Patriots next week (barring anything unexpected), but we’ll see how his play is affected by the injury.