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Buffalo Bills release C Eric Wood with injury settlement

The Buffalo Bills are releasing veteran center Eric Wood.

The team has reached an injury settlement with Wood, multiple media outlets reported Thursday.

The 32-year-old Wood announced in January that he was retiring due to a neck injury that was revealed in a season-ending physical.

Wood did not formally retire in January because the team was trying to work through salary-cap issues. According to the Buffalo News, if the Bills placed Wood on the reserve/retired list before June 1, his cap number would jump from its current $ 8.625 million to $ 10.39 million.

A first-round pick of Buffalo (No. 28 overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft, Wood spent his entire nine-year career with the franchise, earning Pro Bowl honors in 2015.

Wood started all 16 regular-season games in 2017 as well as an AFC wild-card loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. He started all 120 games he has played with Buffalo.

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