In granting the Buffalo Bills' request to have newly re-signed safety Jairus Byrd not count on their roster, the NFL limited the exemption only through the team's final two preseason games.
The ruling, announced by the league Wednesday, becomes the next step in clearing the way for the two-time Pro Bowl safety to open the season on the active roster.
Byrd, however, must still pass a physical.
The Bills approached the NFL for an exemption a day after Byrd signed his one-year, $6.9 million franchise tender. General manager Doug Whaley told The Associated Press he had not ruled out having the exemption extend into the regular season.
''An extra roster spot is always a good thing,'' Whaley said, when asked if Byrd could be exempted for the Bills opener against New England on Sept. 8.
That request was denied because the NFL generally limits exemptions to two games. Buffalo plays at Washington on Saturday, and closes the preseason hosting Detroit on Aug. 29.
Byrd would not have been...