Bills right guard Eric Wood hopes to be ready to go by the start of training camp.
Wood's goal is to be back on the field for training camp, but even in his own words it sounds like wishful thinking.
"I do know mentally that another year off could possibly happen, but I don't want to think about that," Wood said from his offseason home in Louisville. "Hopefully Bills fans don't want to think about that either. It is partially reality, but as far as it feels now, it feels fine walking around on it.
"Right now if I was planning on being on the PUP list it wouldn't be as easy to go to work and go to rehab every day if I didn't have hopes of getting back for training camp. As far as we're concerned I'm going to be back for training camp, and that's the way I want it to be."
Wood, the 28th overall selection in last year's draft, was a reason for hope on a desolate offensive line -- until Nov. 22.
Wood had a rod inserted in his leg. Four screws rejoined the bones. He was in a wheelchair for one month and only recently began to walk with his leg in a boot.
"I have a lot of time before training camp, which is my goal to be back by," Wood said. "So I'm not pushing it too hard. I'd love to be back for OTAs, but I think everyone has seen the YouTube video of my leg. So I don't know how realistic that is. We'll see."
Wood said he is being extra cautious because of a case he's familiar with.
Oakland Raiders running back Michael Bush, a teammate of Wood's at the University of Louisville, suffered a broken leg as a senior and rushed to get back in time for the NFL scouting combine. Bush needed more surgery after the combine. He didn't get drafted.
"At this point it's about me and my career," Wood said. "The Bills have been nothing but supportive of me and they’ve been doing anything they possibly can to make sure I have everything I need. They've let me go back home and they fly me up to Buffalo for checkups whenever needed.
"I couldn't ask anything more of the Bills, but it is about me at this point. I have to do what's best for me as far as when I can come back."