Monday, November 23, 2009
Wood injury another awful blow to Bills
By Tim Graham
The Buffalo Bills are falling apart.
But this post isn't about their fired head coach, bad quarterbacking or personnel blunders.
Their latest bad news is wicked happenstance.
Rookie guard Eric Wood, drafted with the 28th overall pick acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles for Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters, suffered a broken left leg in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Wood's gruesome compound fracture was reminiscent of how Lawrence Taylor ended Joe Theismann's career.
Wood was focused on trying to block Jaguars defensive end Derrick Harvey from tackling Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Jaguars defensive tackle Montavious Stanley was charging from Fitzpatrick's left. Stanley tried to wrap up Fitzpatrick, but his momentum sent him crashing into the unsuspecting Wood.
The impact buckled Wood's lower leg in a place that doesn't bend. He underwent surgery in a Jacksonville hospital and didn't return to Buffalo with the team.
Buffalo's offensive line opened the season inexperienced and loaded with question marks. The tackle positions have been decimated by injuries, but the interior trio -- center Geoff Hangartner and guards Andy Levitre and Wood -- had started every game.
Levitre started Sunday's game at left tackle for the injured Demetrius Bell, with reserve Seth McKinney playing in Levitre's usual left guard spot. McKinney suffered a torn meniscus Sunday. That forced Levitre back to guard and jumbled the line even more.
For the second time this year, they finished the game with no O-line backups.