Marrone: Byrd's status for opener uncertain

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd's status for the season opener against New England is uncertain, coach Doug Marrone said Sunday.

Byrd, who has a sore foot, participated in only a portion of team drills during Sunday's practice, Marrone said.

The Pro Bowl safety sat out all of training camp, declining to sign his franchise tender until the Bills were set to return to their facility in Orchard Park, N.Y. Byrd did not play in the final two preseason games.

After Thursday night's preseason finale, Marrone said Byrd left the team to see a foot specialist in North Carolina.

If Byrd cannot play next Sunday against New England, expect the Bills to again turn to Da'Norris Searcy and Aaron Williams as their starting safeties.