Well, this sucks.
When Bills center Eric Wood went down in Sunday’s blowout loss to the Cowboys, you had to fear the worst.
And today, those fears were realized as it was announced that Wood has torn his ACL. The Bills were forced to place Wood on injured reserve, ending his season.
It’s a really tough break for Wood, especially given that this is his second major leg injury in three years. “It (stinks),” said Wood. “It’s definitely not something I wanted to go through again, another long rehab process, but I’ll do it. I’ll just look to come back stronger next year.”
This leaves the Bills’ already banged-up offensive line in flux. Chan Gailey has indicated that Andy Levitre, the usual left guard who has spent the past three games moonlighting at left tackle, will now switch positions again to fill in for Wood. The Bills are hopeful Demetrius Bell and/or Chris Hairston will be able to make it back from injury to take back over at left tackle for this week’s game against the Dolphins.
This is a huge blow. Wood’s really come on this season in the pivot for the Bills, and the last thing the Bills needed was to lose another key contributor to injury. You also have to wonder how Wood will recover from another major leg injury.
Sadly, the Bills lost another player to injury for the season Tuesday as well, as rookie linebacker Chris White also tore his ACL and was placed on injured reserve. White was injured trying to make a play on punt coverage Sunday. White primarily played special teams in his rookie season, finishing with eight tackles and two forced fumbles.
To replace Wood and White on the roster, the Bills signed DE Kyle Moore and elevated DB Joshua Nesbitt from the practice squad. Moore was signed off the Detroit practice squad, where he landed after spending two years with Tampa Bay. He started seven games for the Bucs in 2010.
The elevation of Nesbitt is interesting. The former Georgia Tech option quarterback was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent this summer by the Bills and was switched to safety after the first preseason game. He must be making some real progress with his defensive skills to earn this call to the main roster. It’s also possible the Bills would like to use his special teams ability.