READ: Eric Wood's Statement about Career-Ending Injury

Announces he is still on active roster

Mike Baggerman
January 29, 2018 - 2:39 pm

Eric Wood prior to his statement (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WBEN) - Buffalo Bills Center Eric Wood announced on Monday that he is not medically cleared to play professional football anymore.

The offensive lineman was told after the season he would be unable to play anymore, though he did say he is still on the active roster. Wood did not take any questions but said he will address them at a later date.

Wood's Full Statement:

"Sorry for the delay and thank you to everyone who came out today. This press conference was set up a couple weeks ago in light of me finding out about my injury, an hour before my son Garrett was born. As many of you already know given the leak on Friday, Dr. Cappuccino has informed me that I will no longer be allowed to play the game of football given the neck injury. Even with further treatment, rehab, or surgery, a return is not possible. In week five I got the first stinger of my life and I got one the following week. After that game we did an x-ray on my neck that showed no significant damage.

After the season, as part of the exit physical, we got an MRI that revealed a disc that was dangerously close to my spinal cord at C2-C3. That was alarming. As you can imagine me, this news floored me as I was mere days away from my first playoff game of my career. Althought I know I will no longer be cleared to play football, I am still on the Bills roster and I hope to help out the team in some capacity.

Thanks to everyone who supported me throughout my career, and because of that, I am here today.

I'm sure there are a lot of unanswered questions and I hope to answer them at a later date. Thanks, and go Bills."

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