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PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) - The NFL has granted the Buffalo Bills a roster exemption for newly signed safety Jairus Byrd that lasts only through the team's two final preseason games.

The decision, announced by the league Wednesday, clears the way for the two-time Pro Bowler 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. That request was denied because the NFL generally limits exemptions to two games

Byrd would not be paid if he wasn't on the active roster for the season opener Sept. 8.