Eric Wood Discusses Neck Injury That Forced End of Playing Career

Wood says two stingers did not initially find any injury

January 29, 2018 - 2:50 pm

Orchard Park, NY (WBEN) Eric Wood was brief in his statement announcing his end of his playing days Monday.

Wood says he had stingers in back to back weeks. "After the season, as part of the exit physical, an MRI revealed a disc dangerously close to my spine," says Wood. "This news floored me as this was days before my first playoff game."

Wood says he will still be on the roster, and will work with the Bills in an unspecified capacity next season.

Wood says other questions will be addressed at a later time. 

Wood's retirement is on hold over questions about whether the Buffalo Bills can ask him to return a portion of the contract bonus he received for signing a two-year extension in August, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.

According to the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, teams can ask for a portion of bonus money to be returned if a player retires before his contract expires. There is, however, a gray area if a player retires because of a career-ending injury.

The person said the discrepancy is the reason Wood did not announce his retirement as anticipated during a news conference on Monday. The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because Wood nor the team commented on the matter that delayed the start of the news conference by nearly an hour.

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