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Rookie S Byrd Finally Cleared for Practice

While Bills rookie safety Jairus Byrd finally made his training camp debut Monday, the team was without two veteran defensive backs who are nursing knee injuries.

Byrd, the first of Buffalo’s two second-round draft picks, took part in a morning walkthrough and a night practice after being activated from the active/non-football-injury list. He missed the first 18 days of training camp— and two preseason games—after having surgery to repair a sports hernia.

Cornerback Drayton Florence will miss between two and five weeks because of a sprained knee, coach Dick Jauron said. Florence was hurt when he collided with teammate Ko Simpson in a 27-20 win over Chicago in a preseason game Saturday.

Safety Bryan Scott is day to day after hurting a knee Saturday. Reserve tight end Travis McCall, an undrafted rookie, is out indefinitely because of a left knee injury sustained against the Bears.

Byrd was eager to get on the field.

“It’s finally here. Now I’ve just got to hit the ground running,” said Byrd, who said he felt no lingering effects of the surgery. “Right now it’s slow and steady, but as we crank it up, I’ll start moving kind of like a train: Start off and just pick up the pace.”

If all goes well, Byrd has an opportunity to get limited playing time in Buffalo’s preseason game at Green Bay on Saturday.

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