Saints' Jairus Byrd returns to practice

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- Safety Jairus Byrd made his practice debut with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday after his summer was wiped out by back surgery.

Byrd, a three-time Pro Bowler with the Buffalo Bills, was a marquee free-agent signing for the Saints this offseason. But he decided to have surgery in May to alleviate a nagging disc issue.

All along, the Saints insisted he would return for training camp and in plenty of time for the regular season.

Veteran receiver Robert Meachem (back) and rookie offensive tackle Tavon Rooks (back) also returned to practice Tuesday. Stay tuned for more details and comments following practice this afternoon.