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Saints lose safety Jairus Byrd for season

Saints lose safety Jairus Byrd for season

The New Orleans Saints' struggling defense was dealt a significant setback Friday when the team learned that three-time Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Byrd injured his lateral meniscus during practice on Thursday, Coach Sean Payton said, and had surgery on Friday — two days before New Orleans' home game against Tampa Bay.

"It was a play where he just kind of turned to catch a ball down the field and kind of tweaked his knee and got up, and obviously, it was more significant than that," Payton said. "The good news is the repair went well, and it's something that, with the right rehab and treatment, there...