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Buffalo Bills news, 8/31: Eric Wood extension, roster cuts on busy day

The Buffalo Bills completed several transactions on Friday to get down to 55 players. They will still need to get down to 53 by today. One of those 53 signed a big contract extension yesterday, too.


Eric Wood contract extension

Bills Focus: Eric Wood 1-on-1 Interview -
"Chris Brown talks with Eric Wood about re-signing with the Bills, his leadership role, and preparing to run the no huddle offense."

Eric Wood Extension Press Conference -
"Russ Brandon, Doug Whaley, and Eric Wood talk about the contract extension the Bills center signed today."

Eric Wood: "I knew I wanted to stay here" -
"Russ Brandon, Doug Whaley, and Eric Wood talk about the contract extension the Bills center signed today."

Bills sign C Eric Wood to contract extension -
"Wood’s leadership was as coveted by the Bills as his playing ability. With a rookie quarterback expected to run the offense Wood has been asked to be more of a vocal leader for that side of the ball, which has been evident in training camp and the preseason."

Eric Wood: 'I would've never forgave myself' for leaving Buffalo - The Buffalo News
Wood said, "I would've never forgave myself," had he not re-signed with Buffalo, "especially with the direction we're going and to watch them make the playoffs without me."

Bills' Wood Always Knew He Wanted To Stay - WGR 550
"All along I knew I wanted to stay here, I’m comfortable here. I love working with the guys I’m working with here and I would never want to leave here, especially the direction we’re going and then watch them make the playoffs without me. It’s going to be a special time and when we do it this year, if I would’ve missed it, then in years to come I would’ve never forgave myself."

Eric Wood, Bills Agree To Long-term Extension - WGR 550
"In his rookie season in 2009, Wood missed the final six games after breaking his leg in gruesome fashion. Then in 2011, Wood tore his ACL which forced him to miss the final seven games of that season."

Bills roster moves

QB Kevin Kolb headlines trio placed on I-R -
"Bills QB Kevin Kolb, WR Brad Smith, and FB Drew Smith were placed on season-ending IR on Friday."

Bills release Leinart among 18 player cuts -
"QB Matt Leinart, who was signed just last weekend, was waived as well as Dorin Dickerson, who was on Buffalo’s roster last season."

Bills release 18, place QB Kolb and two others on IR - The Buffalo News
"Probably destined for injured reserve is backup left guard Doug Legursky. He suffered a nasty left knee injury against the Lions, but the Bills haven’t declared their intentions for him yet."

Buffalo Bills cut 18, close in on 53-man limit ahead of deadline - ESPN
Mike Rodak says the release of Crezdon Butler was the team's most significant move.

Updated look at Buffalo Bills' roster - ESPN
"What names stand out among this group? Let's start with undrafted rookie Izaan Cross, who had a quiet preseason and was considered a long shot to make the 53-man roster. The Bills, so far, have kept eight defensive linemen on their roster, which is about 2-3 higher than most had projected."

Will Buffalo Bills look for help at cornerback? - ESPN
"Nearly 100 players hit the waiver wire or open market Friday evening, giving the Bills a chance to comb the free-agent landscape for help."

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Inside The Bills | Fan Friday 8-30
Chris Brown is forced to compare EJ Manuel with Rob Johnson and J.P. Losman. He throws a few other answers to fan questions in, as well.

Bills’ exhibition finale proves at least half-bad - The Buffalo News
"Making season-ticket holders buy two preseason games is akin to extortion. If Irsay thinks the real games are such a bargain, he should urge the league to bump up regular-season prices a notch and cut preseason prices in half."

Reasons To Worry | Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
"Here are some of my observations now that the preseason is mercifully over, and we can start looking ahead to the regular-season opener Sept. 8 against New England."