Dec 24, 2011; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills free safety Jairus Byrd (31) intercepts a pass from Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (not pictured) and runs it back for a touchdown during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Jairus Byrd won't return until he's 100 percent

The Buffalo Bills have been without star free safety Jairus Byrd all season as he deals with a nagging foot injury and it doesn’t look like he has any immediate plans to return to the team’s ailing secondary.

While the Bills would like to see Byrd return in the absence of cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore and Ron Brooks, the franchise player said that he will not risk his long-term healthy by returning to the playing field until he is 100 percent healthy.

Byrd was asked if he would return before he felt like he was back at full strength and he was very honest with his answer.

“No,” Byrd said, via Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News. “I mean, I don’t want to see them do bad. I’ve said that since Day One. But me going out there at less than 100 percent isn’t going to help the case, either. I can’t do anything about it. That’s the tough part.”

The Bills would love to have Byrd get back on the field, so they need to help that he is ready physically and mentally so that he can get back on the field and help the team like he is paid to do.

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