While the Saints suffered a big loss on Thursday, the Bucs might have gotten a great break. The Saints will be without safety Jairus Byrd for the remainder of the season after he was placed on injured reserve on Friday with a torn meniscus in his knee.
Byrd injured his knee in a non-contact drill during Thursday's practice. Head coach Sean Payton said that Byrd was injured when he "turned to catch a ball down the field."
The Saints will turn to veteran Rafael Bush as Byrd's replacement.
"We'll get these guys up to speed and we'll be ready to go," Payton said.
They better be ready to go because Bucs tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins might be primed for a breakout game. This also means that Mike Glennon and Marcus Arroyo might take more shots down the field because they won't have to worry about the turnover machine of Jairus Byrd.
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