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Chan Gailey said his decision to bench safety Jairus Byrd for George Wilson in the second half of Sunday’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals was not a permanent one.
“I don’t think we would go that far,” Gailey told the Buffalo News. “[Wilson] did a great job. I’ll tell you what, when Jairus played he did good. He didn’t do a bad job, it wasn’t like he was doing bad. It was just George was having a great day.”
Wilson recorded the first interception by a Bills defensive back this season in the third quarter of Sunday’s game when he picked off Carson Palmer in the endzone and added a 56-yard return. Buffalo scored a TD on an 11-yard pass to Steve Johnson on the ensuing drive to give the Bills their first lead of the game.
The turnover also came right after Drayton Florence returned a Cedric Benson fumble 37-yards for a score.
The Bills went on to score 35 unanswered points in the second half to erase a 21-point deficit and earn their second win of the season.
Byrd, meanwhile, has struggled in his second season in the NFL.
Byrd has yet to record an interception after leading all rookies with nine picks last year. Buffalo is deep at safety, so despite being the first rookie to be named to a Pro Bowl since 1984, Byrd will have to watch his back.