ORCHARD PARK, NY (WKBW) - Bills franchise safety Jairus Byrd avoided directly addressing a Buffalo News report Thursday that alleged Byrd and his agent are working to get the Pro Bowler traded. Rather, he said he is just focused on getting healthy.
"My focus is really just on football right now, honestly, for this team," said Byrd. "My teammates mean the world to me and I don't want to be any distraction to them, we have a big game coming up and we need to be one-hundred percent on New England and that's where our focus is at."
When pressed about possibly of wanting out of the Bills organization, Byrd suggested those questions be asked to his agent.
"I really don't want to speak on anything as far as that," said Byrd. "I think that would be something for my agent to handle, to talk about that more, but right now I'm just focused on my feet, getting healthy and giving these guys the best chance to win against the Patriots on Sunday."
The relationship between the Bills front office and Byrd became stressed this off-season when the team slapped the franchise tag on the safety. The two sides failed to come to a long-term contract extension, and Byrd refused to the sign his tender until the end of training camp.
Whether that relationship can be repaired remains up in the air.
"I don't know, honestly," said Byrd. "I've been here and we haven't won too many games. This is a new year and a year to start it off on the right foot and that's my goal, to help in whatever way I can."
"As far as the organization, I can't speak on that," added Byrd. "That's for another day, another time. That's why I have an agent. I'm just here trying to get ready, trying to play football."
Byrd's agent Eugene Parker responded to questions about the report in an e-mail to Eyewitness Sports Director Jeff Russo saying only, "We have not comment on those rumors." Adding, "The report that Jairus is seeking a trade is a rumor."
Bills head coach Doug Marrone rejected the notion that Byrd has been a distraction in the locker room, saying he likes what he has seen from the 5th year veteran so far.
"He's been working like heck on the field," said Marrone. "He knows what we're doing defensively ... He's been a great teammate, helping everyone. He's been a great pro. I have zero complaints about what he's doing."
Byrd was limited in practice again on Thursday and took extra individual drills after the team workout as he works his way back from plantar fasciitis in his feet.
Byrd's status for Sunday is still in question.
"I'm just day to day," said Byrd. "We'll just have to wait until Sunday to see."