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Jairus Byrd
FILE - This is a 2013 file photo showing Buffalo Bills NFL football player Jairus Byrd. Bills coach Doug Marrone gets to close training camp with some good news Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, now that Byrd has elected to rejoin the team by signing his franchise tender. (AP Photo/File)
Posted: Friday, 06 September 2013 12:47PM

Bills' Byrd doubtful, three declared out vs Pats



Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550)  -- Approaching the first game of the NFL season, the Buffalo Bills released their first injury report heading into a weekend and revealed the chances for one of their best players of suiting up are not good.

After practice on Friday head coach Doug Marrone told reporters that safety Jairus Byrd, who had been limited at practice all week due to plantar fasciitis in both feet, is doubtful for the team's opening game against the New England Patriots. Being listed that way, Byrd has at least a 75-percent chance of not playing in the game.

Despite those odds, Marrone still hasn't lost all hope on the top safety on the roster for Sunday.

"He's put a lot of work into knowing what we're doing, the system, being out there," he said. "I'm still under the same premise of one of these days, you just wake up feel good and you're ready to go. When he's that way, because of the experience that he has and the things that he has done on this field, we'll put him in there and he'll be ready to go."

Three Bills players have been completely ruled out of the contest. Cornerback Stephon Gilmore (wrist), guard Doug Legursky (knee) and kicker Dustin Hopkins (right groin) all will not dress for the game.

With Gilmore out, the Bills will likely start Leodis McKelvin and Justin Rogers as the boundary cornerbacks. Rogers would be the new addition to the lineup if he did get the start at corner. Hopkins will be replaced by veteran kicker Dan Carpenter.

The only other name that appeared on the Bills injury report is rookie quarterback EJ Manuel, who is listed as probable for the season opening contest against New England.

The Bills and Patriots square off on Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Twitter: @JoeBuscaglia

All photos courtesy of AP
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