"A lot of these guys have been really sympathetic of me and my injury the past couple of months," Wood said. "Now I'm just a football player again. I'm a teammate. I'm going against defensive linemen that are giving me full looks.
"Nobody's going to baby me. Nobody cares now. No one in the AFC East cares that I broke my leg. That's the way I've got to approach it, too."
Wood was the second of Buffalo's two first-round draft choices last year. The Bills obtained the 28th pick from the Philadelphia Eagles in the trade for Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters.
Wood's tibia and fibula snapped in a sickening way. He has a titanium rod and four screws in his tibia. He spent the first month of his recovery in a wheelchair then graduated to a walking boot before he could take -- gingerly -- his first running stride.
"He's had to come a long way, and that tells you a lot about Eric Wood's makeup," Bills coach Chan Gailey said. "He would have been out earlier if he could've. He's proven to be a fast healer. He's able to push throughout the tough times, which a lot of guys are not able to do. He's made an amazing recovery, and we're the benefactors of that."
Wood's goal is to take every first-team snap throughout camp but added the Bills want to be cautious with him. He noted Friday "will be a big morning. We'll see how I feel. If it's sore, we'll probably hold off because we have a lot of time before Miami" in the regular-season opener.
Wood guessed he's a half-step slower than he was before the injury but claimed he's a better football player, more mature, more aware.
He insisted heavy reps are the only way to get back to where he was last year.
"It's a violent game," Wood said, "and playing O-line or D-line in the league, there's nothing I can do in the weight room to replicate hitting Marcus Stroud. He's 300-some pounds, has long arms and you have to push as long as you possibly can for five seconds or the duration of the play.