Saints News, 5/29/14: Jairus Byrd Has 'Minor' Back Surgery

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Payton said Byrd will probably miss all of OTAs and minicamp over the next month. But he expects him to "start up training camp with no problem." "It's been asymptomatic, but it's something we wanted to do -- and he as well -- to alleviate or avoid any issues in the fall," Payton said. "This is something after the doctors looked at it, and the specialists out in [Los Angeles] looked at it, [they] felt this was one scenario that would kind of take care of it rather than try to [keep managing it]," Payton said. "If it was during the season, you wouldn't go through the procedure. You would treat it symptomatically then."

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