Buffalo Bills’ Eric Wood to Retire Because of Neck Injury

Buffalo’s starting center is calling it a career.

Eric Wood, 31, is retiring from football because of a neck injury that was diagnosed during his end-of-season physical, the team announced Friday. Wood’s retirement news conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET Monday.

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Wood’s retirement is a big blow for a Bills team looking to build upon reaching the playoffs for the first time since the 1999 season. The 2015 Pro Bowler has played a key role in helping protect quarterback Tyrod Taylor and establishing a competitive running game spearheaded by LeSean McCoy.

“[Eric] is doing a great job of staying positive,” Bills offensive guard Richie Incognito told NFL Network’s Jane Slater on Friday during Pro Bowl practice. “He has my support. He’s a brother to me. I love him. He’s like family to me. I know he’ll transition to whatever he wants to do and he’ll be successful at it.”

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SOURCE: NFL.com, Nick Shook