Former Buffalo Bills safety Aaron Williams‘ comeback attempt is over.
The defensive back announced in a lengthy letter titled “To Buffalo” in The Players’ Tribune on Wednesday that after suffering several head and neck injuries in the 2015 and 2016 seasons, his NFL career is finished.
“I just hope I did enough, you know?” Williams wrote. “I feel like I had so much more to give to you guys, and I just didn’t have enough time. I wasted time — time that I’ll never get back.”
Williams initially injured his neck early in the 2015 season and was put on injured reserve after surgery to correct the issue. After suffering more head and neck injuries the following season in 2016, Williams said he could not get cleared when he tried to come back in 2017.
“Everybody wants to go out on their own terms,” said Williams, who added that he had interest from the Chiefs, Texans and Jaguars this past season. “Give me two years, give me 10. It doesn’t matter. Just let me decide when I’m done, you know?”
Eric Wood, 31, is retiring from football because of a neck injury that was diagnosed during his end-of-season physical, the team announced Friday. Wood’s retirement news conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET Monday.
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Wood’s retirement is a big blow for a Bills team looking to build upon reaching the playoffs for the first time since the 1999 season. The 2015 Pro Bowler has played a key role in helping protect quarterback Tyrod Taylor and establishing a competitive running game spearheaded by LeSean McCoy.
“[Eric] is doing a great job of staying positive,” Bills offensive guard Richie Incognito told NFL Network’s Jane Slater on Friday during Pro Bowl practice. “He has my support. He’s a brother to me. I love him. He’s like family to me. I know he’ll transition to whatever he wants to do and he’ll be successful at it.”
Under contract through 2019, Wood has a $4.8 base salary that is guaranteed for injury and a $8.63 salary-cap number, per Spotrac.
McCoy, who suffered a sprained ankle in the Bills’ win over the Miami Dolphins last weekend, told media at his locker Thursday that he hoped the injury would heal enough for him to be effective when the team kicks off at 1:05 p.m. ET on Sunday.
“We’ll see. We’ll see,” McCoy told reporters. “I don’t want to make any promises. My teammates have been asking me the same questions. I don’t want to lie them. Because people that know me, they know I want to be out there. But I’ve been in a situation like this before here, and played on a bad ankle, bad foot — actually a bad hamstring — and I didn’t do well at all. And it kind of hurt us. And I don’t want to be in the same LeSean McCoy elite jersey situation.”
McCoy leads the Bills in catches (59), rushing yards (1,138) and total touchdowns (8) this cheap Buffalo Bills jerseys season.