Found December 19, 2012 on
Queen City Sports:
Three serious leg injuries in four NFL seasons.
That’s the luck that Bills center Eric Wood has had during his brief professional career. When he suffered his latest injury against the Jaguars, it led to an article questioning if Wood is, in fact, injury prone.
When the injury was first announced by the team three weeks ago, many expected him to miss the remainder of the season.
Not so fast my friend.
In what brought about a sense of utter bewilderment to a lot of people, including myself, Wood has said that he’s looking to come back and play this week when the team travels to Miami.
It just doesn’t make any sense.
It’s another lost season with no chance of the playoffs and he is coming off yet another serious knee injury, yet, for whatever reason, he wants to play in Buffalo’s final two games?
Now, I completely get the loyalty and dedication to his team argument. He wants to prove that he’s going to be tough and fight for his teammates even when the games don’t mean much. However, how much of it is being dedicated and tough, and how much of it is just being stupid?
He’s coming off of a knee injury that, while it could have been much worse, is still serious. Sure, it didn’t require surgery this time, but what if he comes back this week and on the very first play he re-injures it and has to go under the knife? Would coming back have been worth it? I doubt it.
Then again, at least he wants to come back from injury to play the sport he is under contract to play, and not go out and bowl while rehabbing an injured knee.
This is one of those times when making a “me first” decision might not be the worst idea. In fact, it’s probably for the best. Why doesn’t Wood do what’s best for Wood, and just sit out. Use the extra two weeks to heal the knee, and not put unnecessary strain on it.
The man is the anchor of the offensive line. It can be argued that, when healthy, he is the best lineman this team has had in the past decade. Which, I know, may not be saying much due to how bad the line has been in years past, but that’s beside the point.
The fact of the matter is, the team is 5-9 and will probably finish 5-11 with or without Wood in the lineup.
Hell, if anything else, Wood not playing will allow the team to continue to evaluate if any of the new fill-in linemen are even any good. They found gems in Kraig Urbik and Erik Pears when they were picked off the scrap pile so who knows, it might just happen again.
Wood just needs to put his feet up on the couch, relax, have a few drinks, and just watch what real football teams look like. Of course, he’s been able to do that every January for the last four years so maybe having an extra two weeks to do so may not be the best thing for his psyche.
The post Wood Shouldn’t Come Back This Year appeared first on Queen City Sports.
BEST OF MAXIM
Center Eric Wood considers the Buffalo Bills' annual games in Toronto to be ''a joke,'' believing the team gives away its home-field edge by playing under a dome and in front of ambivalent crowds.
Wood first expressed his frustrations during his weekly show on Buffalo's WGRF-Radio on Monday, a day after a 50-17 loss to Seattle in Toronto. He stuck by his...
Which only makes the routine stuff he drops in critical moments all the more frustrating/hilarious, depending on your rooting interest. The post Stevie Johnson Had An Okay Catch appeared first on Kissing Suzy Kolber.
One can name a number of reasons the Buffalo Bills have yet again missed the playoffs. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Aaron Williams, Chan Gailey and Buddy Nix are just a few names that come to mind. While those are the obvious, the real name we must remember is Doug Flutie. The man who brought us “Flutie-Mania” is the same bastard who’s haunting our Buffalo Bills and keeping us out of...
The Buffalo Bills continue to make their annual pilgrimage to the Great White North to play at least one official home game in Toronto, Canada per NFL season, but that does not mean that all of the players are on board. In fact, at least one Bills player is getting sick of this tradition.
Buffalo offensive lineman Eric Wood would like to play all eight home games in Ralph Wilson...
Not a lot of people know who Kraig Urbik is, but he’s a starting right guard for the Buffalo Bills and he’s actually quite good. A 2 year starter, Urbik graded out as ProFootballFocus 18th ranked guard in 8 starts in 2011 and ranks 24th this season in 11 starts, making him an above average player at that position. He’s also got some versatility to play center, where he made...
Bills cornerback and return specialist Leodis McKelvin has been placed on injured reserve because of a groin injury.
Buffalo signed linebacker Kirk Morrison back to the team after releasing him on Dec. 3 after he was inactive for 12 games. 30-year-old made 7 tackles for the Bills in 2011 after spending six years with Oakland and Jacksonville.
McKelvin is a former first-round pick...
The Buffalo Bills signed wide receiver Chris Hogan and linebacker Greg Lloyd to their 53-man roster from the team's practice squad. Linebacker Arthur Moats was placed on injured reserve and wide receiver Donald Jones was assigned to the Reserve/Non-Football Illness. Hogan spent the previous six weeks on the Bills' practice squad. An undrafted free agent entered the league...
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said Wednesday that progress is being made in lease negotiations between the county, state and Buffalo Bills to keep the team at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
The talks, the latest of which took place Tuesday, have picked up in recent weeks, Poloncarz said, after slowing while state officials dealt with the preparation and aftermath of Superstorm Sandy...
We all knew Buffalo Bills players were not fans of the five-year Toronto Series that saw them play one "home" game a season at Toronto's Rogers Centre.Last season, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and safety George Wilson were extremely critical of the atmosphere and lack of home-field advantage, and receiver Stevie Johnson echoed those sentiments last week.This week, one...
This weeks Water Cooler features QCS writers Mike Bundt, Ryan Talbot, Brandon Hess, and Robert Quinn
Mike Bundt: What’s up everybody! Obviously Sunday was an embarrassing Bills game for the Bills in which little went right. So instead of focusing on everything that went wrong in that game, I’ll start by asking you guys how you feel about Buffalo extending Kraig Urbik earlier...
Leodis McKelvin's spectacular campaign at punt return will come to an end a little early, as the 27-year-old utility player was placed on Injured Reserve Thursday. McKelvin has lead the league all season in punt return average, and he currently sits 10th on the all-time single-season list behind Lemar Parrish, who was the last to put up more than 18.7 yards per return back in 1974...
Thanks for joining us for another installment of Bar Stool Debates, where Joe and Brandon go back and forth on the hottest topics floating around the Buffalo sports scene. After another disappointing football season, today we pose the question: Who should take the fall for the Bills's 13th straight season without a playoff berth, Ryan Fitzpatrick or Chan Gailey. Let the debate...