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.
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.