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Two words on Eric Wood: Safety first

By Mark Gaughan

The Buffalo Bills are being cautious with the return of center Eric Wood from a torn knee ligament. Wood saw only about three snaps Wednesday in his first action in 11-on-11 drills of training camp.

Good idea.

Injuries around the league already during training camp show why caution is paramount with players coming off a torn anterior cruciate ligament, as Wood is doing.

The Washington Redskins and New York Giants both already have lost two players who were coming back from ACL injuries.

In Washington, starting left guard Kory Lichtensteiger came back after tearing the ACL and medial collateral ligaments in his knee last October. He practiced fully the first two days of camp but had to go back for arthroscopic surgery to remove loose cartilage from the knee. He's out the rest of preseason. Redskins linebacker Jonathan Goff re-tore his ACL in the first days of camp and is done for the season.

Meanwhile, Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas, coming back from an ACL reconstruction, suffered at least a partial re-tear of his ligament a few days ago. And Giants cornerback Brian Witherspoon, who suffered a major ACL injury in August 2011, re-tore his ACL in spring practice in May.

Wood suffered his knee injury in Dallas on Nov. 13. That was 8 1-2 months ago. The Bills are wise to take it easy with him, even if it means he needs to be spelled on some series when the season-opener comes on Sept. 9.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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