The Buffalo Bills are both hoping and expecting a key contributor of their defense to recover from a serious injury next year.
All-Pro safety Micah Hyde, who was placed on season-ending IR in September, recently underwent successful surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck.
"All-Pro safety Micah Hyde, placed on season-ending IR last month, recently underwent successful surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck and has a six-to-9-month recovery ahead, per source," Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reported.
The noted recovery period means Hyde should be able to make a return to the Bills next season, where he is still under contract.
With that being said, Hyde has suffered neck injuries before. The safety experienced neck spasms following a preseason game when he was a member of the Green Bay Packers back in 2015.
Without Hyde, the Buffalo Bills still rank the top of the NFL in terms of defensive efficiency. Through five games, Buffalo has only given up 61 total points, tied for least in the league with the San Francisco 49ers.