The Buffalo Bills are releasing Eric Wood five months after the center was diagnosed with a career ending neck injury, a source confirmed to News 4 Sports on Thursday.
The team and Wood, who played nine seasons with the Bills, reportedly agreed to an injury settlement.
The Bills have agreed to an injury settlement with C Eric Wood and released him. He announced his intentions to retire earlier this offseason due to a neck injury.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) May 31, 2018
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 arriving nearly an hour late to his press conference and delivered prepared remarks before exiting the Bills Field House.
“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!”
With the release coming before June 1, Wood will have a cap hit of $10.3 million this season with the team.