Saints free safety Jairus Byrd may be limited until training camp _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Saints free safety Jairus Byrd (31) almost makes an interception of a ball intended for New York Giants wide receiver Dwayne Harris (17) at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015.

Free safety Jairus Byrd may be limited throughout the Saints’ offseason training program, according to head coach Sean Payton.

Byrd, who had trouble recovering from the torn meniscus that ended his first season in New Orleans and missed the first three games last year, is doing some work, but he’s been held out of full-team action..

“We expect him to be ready when training camp starts,” Payton said. “Right now, he’s getting walk-through snaps and work off to the side.”

Byrd played in the final 13 games for the Saints last season, making 53 tackles, breaking up three passes and an interception.

Injuries have plagued Byrd since he signed a six-year, $54 million contract with the Saints in 2013, but New Orleans isn’t concerned about Byrd’s injury.

“He’s going through his rehab,” Payton said. “It’s right on schedule, so it’s nothing different than what was expected.”