Bills All-Pro safety Micah Hyde will miss the rest of the season with a neck injury, according to his agent – Buffalo Rumblings

Bills All-Pro safety Micah Hyde will miss the rest of the season with a neck injury, according to his agent - Buffalo Rumblings

when Buffalo Bills safety Micah Hyde left the field shaking his arm after hitting his head on a play during the Invoices‘ victory over the Tennessee Titans at Highmark Stadium this past Monday night, things looked interesting.

when Micah Hyde headed to the locker room after spending five minutes in the blue medical tent along the Bills’ sideline, things looked questionable.

When Micah Hyde went to the hospital after coming to the locker room, things looked scary.

When head coach Sean McDermott declined to comment on Hyde’s whereabouts in the first few days of practice for the Week 3 matchup with the Miami Dolphinsthings looked suspicious.

Today, all those worries, fears and suspicions have been validated. Hyde’s agent, Jack Bechta, announced that he would be having surgery and would be out for the rest of 2022. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport called it a herniated disc.

Hyde joined the Bills in 2017 as part of the start of the “McBeane Era”. Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane began what became known as “The Process” upon their arrival at One Bills Drive. A true team role model, Hyde was a key component of what the duo built in Buffalo.

In his first year with the Bills, Hyde had the best year of his career recording 82 tackles and five interceptions as well as being named Defensive Player of the Month for October 2017. He was part of the team that broke the playoff drought in Buffalo. , helping the team to a 9-7 record and an NFL Wild Card spot.

Over the next four years, the Bills’ safety recorded 274 tacklesnine interceptions (one of which he returned for his first career touchdown last season), three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.

Hyde’s 74 tackles, one sack, five interceptions — including one he returned for a touchdown — and two fumble recoveries last season earned him second-team All-Pro honors for 2021 and a spot (50th) on. The Top 100 Players of 2022 a list

In the first two games of the 2022 season, one of which he was unable to finish due to a neck injury, Hyde has already recorded seven combined tackles. That pace would have put him near 80 tackles by the end of the season if he could keep it up.

Hyde’s aggressive play did not come without a price, however, as the safety had his share of injuries throughout his nine-year career. A series of injuries accumulated for Hyde in his time with the Green Bay Packers, the team that drafted him in 2013, but he was only forced to miss one game during those four years. Since signing with Buffalo, he has missed three games – but two of those were due to either a concussion (2020) or a neck injury (2019 weight season)

Neck injuries in 2015, 2019 and 2021 may or may not have played a role in the significance of the current injury, which will see him miss at least the next four months of football.

The good news for Buffalo is that Hyde was part of an All-Pro defensive backfield that includes a fellow safety. Jordan Poyeralso a 2017 signee when the “McBeane Era” began, and a cornerback Very’Davious White. The bad news for Buffalo is that White is also on Injured Reserve as he continues to recover from an ACL tear that occurred in last season’s Thanksgiving game against the. New Orleans Saints and Jordan Poyer was dealing with a foot injury that occurred in the same game as Hyde’s most recent neck injury.

While Buffalo will play this week with two rookie cornerbacks, Christian Benford and Kaiir Elamand some safeties without much playing time experience (sophomore year Damar Hamlin and the fourth year Jaquan Johnson) they’ll know after Sunday how strong the depth of their roster is, and whether they’ll have to look outside the organization—the one they’ve grown through “The Process” over the past five and a half years—for more help. .

As for Hyde, while his 2022 season is over, it will be a tough pill to swallow for a player who has put in the time and effort to make the Buffalo Bills a legitimate friend. Super Bowl contender this season, the good news is that he will still be under contract for his return.

Ahead of the 2021 season, Hyde signed a two-year, $19.25 million contract extension with the Bills on March 5, 2021, keeping him under contract through 2023.. For the Bills, that means next season, being a contract year and potentially a proving year for the will-be 32-year-old safety, could be one of Micah Hyde’s best seasons yet.

But first, he must recover.

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