Bills center Eric Wood retires due to neck injury

Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood will formally announce his abrupt retirement from the NFL on Monday because of a neck injury.

"I was diagnosed with a neck injury as part of my season-ending physical with the Bills," Wood announced via Twitter on Friday. "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."

Wood played every offensive snap for the Bills in 2017 and is one year into the two-year contract extension he signed last offseason worth up to $21.3 million.

Wood, 31, was a first-round pick in the 2009 draft. He spent his entire nine-year career with the Bills.

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Dec 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs past Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo (52) in a snow storm during the first half at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive back Shamarko Thomas (29) celebrates in the snow following his teams overtime win against the Indianapolis Colts at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Joe Webb (14) passes the ball against the Indianapolis Colts during the fourth quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs with the ball for the game winning touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts in overtime at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills fullback Mike Tolbert (35) runs with the ball defended by Indianapolis Colts strong safety Matthias Farley (41) during the third quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Frank Gore (23) runs with the ball against the Buffalo Bills during the third quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs the ball for a touchdown to win the game in overtime against the Indianapolis Colts at New Era Field. Buffalo beat Indianapolis 13-7 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett (7) rolls out to pass against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Fans look on during the game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
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Dec 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri (4) misses a field goal during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; The Buffalo Bills run an offensive play in a snow storm against the Indianapolis Colts during the first quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 10: Frank Gore #23 of the Indianapolis Colts runs the ball during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills on December 10, 2017 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 10: Fans cheer during while not wearing shirts during the fourth quarter of a game between the Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts on December 10, 2017 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 10: Deonte Thompson #10 of the Buffalo Bills attempts to catch a ball during overtime against the Indianapolis Colts on December 10, 2017 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 10: Matthias Farley #41 of the Indianapolis Colts intercepts the ball as Charles Clay #85 of the Buffalo Bills attempts to tackle him during overtime on December 10, 2017 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
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ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 10: A Buffalo Bills fan during the second quarter of a game against the Indianapolis Colts on December 10, 2017 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 10: Stephen Hauschka #4 of the Buffalo Bills kicks a PAT during the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts on December 10, 2017 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 10: The Buffalo Bills run to the field before a game against the Indianapolis Colts on December 10, 2017 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 10: Nathan Peterman #2 of the Buffalo Bills is tackled by Margus Hunt #92 of the Indianapolis Colts during the first quarter on December 10, 2017 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
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Knee injuries were an issue for Wood in three of his first NFL seasons, including a broken leg during his rookie season. Replays of that injury against the Jacksonville Jaguars were difficult to watch on replays, Wood later said.

But in 2013 he signed a four-year deal worth $25.4 million and went to his first Pro Bowl in 2015.

--Field Level Media

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