Inside The Bills

Wood hopeful right side stays same

Posted by Chris Brown on February 1, 2010 – 10:50 am

With a successful rehab following major leg surgery, Eric Wood is hoping to be ready by training camp. He’s also hoping that one other part of his football future stays the same.

Provided he makes a successful return to the field for training camp he’s also hoping that he and Brad Butler can resume their work together on the right side of Buffalo’s offensive line. Butler is also on the rehab trail in his return from a torn ACL.

“Me and Brad want to be back on the right side again together next year,” Wood told “We only got two games to play with one another last season, but I really felt like we had similar styles of play and similar mentality for the game. And that’s got to pay off in the long run. Toward the end of training camp and right at the beginning of the season I felt like we were really communicating and I feel like we can get back to that.

“But we’ve both got a long way to go and he’s got a little more guarantee on his recovery than mine. I think he’ll be back a little faster than me. But it is comforting to know you’ve got teammates going through the same thing as me. We all have a long way to go to get back.”

It’s hard to predict just what the new coaching staff deems as the right combination up front on Buffalo’s offensive line. And with Wood not a part of the mix during OTAs and minicamp to evaluate line combinations, the staff may not want to rely on a player that while talented is not a lock to be ready for 2010.

One thing that’s certain however, is no one should doubt Eric Wood.

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