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Eric Wood confident knee is ready for a full game

By Jay Skurski

Eric Wood was patient in his rehab from ACL surgery throughout training camp, slowly ramping up his work level.

The Buffalo Bills' center believes that approach was the right one and that he's now ready to play four quarters of regular-season football.

Asked whether he's ready for 50 or 60 plays when the Bills open the season Sunday at the New York Jets (last year, the Bills ran 53 and 67 plays, respectively, in their two losses against New York), Wood said: "Yeah, that should be fine. I have taken up to that many reps in practice already. Not necessarily in a game-like setting, so it will be a challenge, but I think I will be all right."

Coach Chan Gailey also believes Wood is ready for a full workload.

"I think if we had a 15-play [drive], a turnover and a 15-play drive after that, that might tax him a little bit," the coach said. "I just have to make sure [quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick] scores in less than 15 plays, and we'll be all right."

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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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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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