Buffalo Bills safety Micah Hyde to miss rest of season with neck injury

BUFFALO, NY — Bills safety Micah Hyde will miss the remainder of the 2022 season with a neck injury, he confirmed on social media Saturday.

Hyde was officially placed on injured reserve on Saturday. He hasn’t been in practice all week but showed up briefly in the dressing room.

“Thank you for the love and support you have shown me and my family. It’s really unreal,” Hyde tweeted on Saturday. “Bill’s Mafia, we love you! #23in23”

Earlier on Saturday, Hyde’s agent Jack Bechta tweeted that Hyde, who is signed with the Bills until next season, is expected to make a healthy return in 2023.

Coach Sean McDermott declined to go into detail when asked about Hyde’s injury throughout the week.

“[Hyde and cornerback Dane Jackson, who is also dealing with a neck injury] both appear to be moving or walking around or in the building,” McDermott said Friday. “And they go about their business there and try to improve every day. Obviously this game will not exist. Otherwise I have nothing more for you at this point. We’re just going to work with them on their cadence and timing at this point.”

Hyde has dealt with neck injuries throughout his career, including one he sustained in 2015 during a preseason game with the Green Bay Packers.

Safety Jaquan Johnson will take charge of Hyde beginning with Sunday’s AFC East game against the Miami Dolphins. Fellow starting safety Jordan Poyer is doubtful for the game with a foot injury; He was limited in training on Friday. Safety Damar Hamlin would start in Poyer’s place if he was unable to play.

The secondary is injured as Jackson is also out. Cornerback Kaiir Elam, a first-round draft pick this year, will make his first NFL start alongside fellow rookie Christian Benford. The pair rotated opposite Jackson at the cornerback point.

Hyde and Poyer have been one of the best safety duos in the NFL since joining the Bills as free agents in 2017. During that time, Hyde has missed just two regular-season games, and the duo have started a whopping 79 games together, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the most safety couples in the last six seasons (Darnell Savage/Adrian Amos, Packers, 48).

Since the start of the 2019 season, Hyde has allowed two passing touchdowns and recorded seven interceptions as the closest defender in cover, according to data from NextGen Stats. During that span, he has allowed the fourth-lowest passer rating (57.7) when targeted as the closest defender (minimum 75 targets).

During his time with the Bills, Hyde has 14 interceptions, including a pick-six, 35 passes defended, three forced fumbles and 363 tackles. He spent the first four years of his career with the Packers after they drafted him in the fifth round from Iowa in 2013.

https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/34655731/buffalo-bills-s-micah-hyde-miss-rest-season-neck-injury-agent-says Buffalo Bills safety Micah Hyde to miss rest of season with neck injury

Emma Bowman

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