UofL FOOTBALL | Eric Wood's Professional Career Comes to an End

01/26/2018 05:52 PM

Former Louisville football player and current Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood will never play in the NFL again.

The 2016 Pro Bowl participant is being forced to retire from football because of a neck injury.

“I was diagnosed with a neck injury as part of my season-ending physical with the Bills,” said Wood on Twitter. “After consultation with Dr. Cappuccino and other physicians, I was informed that I was no longer cleared to play football, even with surgery or further treatment. I appreciate and thank everyone for their thoughts, concerns and prayers, and I will shed more light on the situation at a press conference on Monday at the team facility.”

Louisville football head coach Bobby Petrino released a statement about the situation:

“Eric Wood enjoyed a tremendous career in the NFL, playing nine seasons with the Buffalo Bills. Eric always played the game the right way, worked extremely hard and was a tremendous leader of young men. He was a pleasure to coach because he came to work every day willing to get better and was a key component in a great run for the University of Louisville football program. Off the field, Eric was an even better young man and a great ambassador for the university. I’m saddened his NFL career was cut short, but I know the next chapter of his life will be just as successful.”

Andrew Chernoff

Andrew is a sports anchor and sports managing editor for Spectrum News. He covers sports all across the state of Kentucky for Sports Night, which airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News. Andrew was a sports anchor and reporter at KFDM/KBTV in Beaumont, Texas for four years before making the move back home to the Midwest. He is originally from Carmel, Indiana and majored in broadcast journalism and political science at Syracuse University.

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