Bills release Eric Wood

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The Buffalo Bills released Eric Wood five months after the center was diagnosed with a career ending neck injury.

The news was first reported by the Associated Press and confirmed via the NFL transactions report Thursday evening. 

The team and Wood, who played nine seasons with the Bills, agreed to an injury settlement.

Wood was set to announce his retirement in January after team doctors discovered the injury during an end of year physical.

However, Wood never officially retired. Instead, he arrived nearly an hour late to his press conference and delivered prepared remarks without taking questions.

“After the the season, as a part of the exit physical, we got an MRI that revealed a disk that was dangerously close to my spinal cord and that was alarming,” Wood said back in January. “As you can imagine, this news floored me as it was days away from the first playoff game in my career.  Although I will no longer will be cleared to play football I am still on the Bills’ roster and look forward to helping the team in some capacity.  I’m sure there are a lot of unanswered question and I hope to address that at a later date. Thanks and go Bills!”

It’s expected the Bills will not designate Wood as a post June 1st release. That means the entirety of his $10 million plus dead cap hit will count against the 2018 season. 

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