Micah Hyde Out for Season With Neck Injury
NFL Week 3 - Buffalo Bills safety Micah Hyde will be placed on the injured reserve on Saturday with a neck injury, ending his season, according to his agent Jack Bechta. Hyde visited the hospital Monday following the Bills' game against the Tennessee Titans and did not practice all week.
"Unfortunately client Micah Hyde will be put on IR today due to his recent neck injury," said Hyde's agent Jaco Bechta via Twitter. "Fortunately, we expect a healthy return for #23 in 2023."
2023 is the final year on Hyde's contract with Buffalo, according to OverTheCap.
Hyde was second-team All-Pro in 2021 with 74 combined tackles, five interceptions, and a sack for Buffalo last year. The tandem of Hyde and Jordan Poyer helped the Bills defense achieve elite status defending against the deep pass. In 2021, the Buffalo Bills allowed just 7.2 yards per attempt on passes targeted 16-plus air yards downfield. Through two games this year, the Bills defense leads the league in DVOA against deep passes with a -106.0%.
Safety Jaquan Johnson is set to take over for Hyde's starting role.
In the short term, Buffalo is entering new territory in their territory. Hyde had previously only missed two games during his tenure in Buffalo. According to The Athletic's Joe Buscaglia, since 2017, the Buffalo Bills have never started a regular season game without either Mich Hyde or Jordan Poyer starting at safety. With Hyde now out and Poyer questionable on the injury list, this game could be a first.