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Eric Wood, Bills O-line have history with KC star Tamba Hali

By Jay Skurski

Things got pretty heated between the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs during their last meeting, which came in Week Two of the 2012 season.

The Bills accused Chiefs pass rusher Tamba Hali of attempting to injure former Bills guard Andy Levitre and left tackle Cordy Glenn on consecutive plays late in the first half of what ended up being a 35-17 victory. Levitre said after the game that Hali tried twisting his neck in an attempt to injure him. Then on the next play, the Bills said Hali tried to twist Glenn's arm out of its socket.

"You get a team down, and like I said, they're going to take some shots at you. That's why we weren't taking our foot off their throats at the end," Bills center Eric Wood said at the time. "That stuff rubs you pretty wrong."

Hali was asked whether he knew about the accusations during a conference call with the Western New York media this afternoon.

"I was aware, but a lot of things happen during a game that we can't go back and change. That doesn’t mean a player’s a dirty player," he said. "It's a new year. They won a game last year. More power to them for last year. We have a game coming up. Both sides of the ball, we should focus on the game at hand and not worry about what happened last year. I don't consider myself a dirty player. I haven't had a reputation for that, but you know, we should move forward from last year and focus on this game at hand."

Wood said today he'll avoid saying anything to Hali on Sunday.

"I haven't seen anything on film that would make me think he's going to do anything," the Bills' center said. "A physical, sound game against him will go a long ways."


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