Saints Safety Jairus Byrd injures knee, out for season

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The Saints prized free agent pick-up, Jairus Byrd, will spend the rest of the season on the bench.

Head Coach Sean Payton announced today that the Free Safety injured his knee with a bucket handle meniscus tear in practice Thursday, Oct. 2.

Payton said that Rafael Bush will receive Byrd's reps in practice. Bush is expected to start in Byrd's place this Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In four games with the Saints, Byrd has recorded 22 tackles, including 17 solo tackles, two passes defended and one forced fumble, the Saints only defensive turnover so far this season. Byrd was selected to his third Pro Bowl last season and was named to the Associated Press' All-Pro Second Team.

The Saints signed Byrd to a six-year, $54 million contract this off season.

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