Saints Safety Jairus Byrd has Preventative Back Surgery

New Orleans -- New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd has had back surgery and is expected to return to team activities next week, the team announced Thursday.

Head coach Sean Payton said at the Saints' first OTA open to the media that the surgery "didn't need to be done." Byrd and the team thought it best to have the surgery to get the situation cleared up.

Payton said that if Byrd had the same issues during the regular season, he would have just received treatment instead of surgery.

"He'll start up with training camp with no problem," Payton said.

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