Bills’ Wood backs Ryan in re­lay­ing mes­sage to own­er­ship

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OR­CHARD PARK, N.Y. | In­jured cen­ter Eric Wood has a mes­sage he’d like re­layed to Buf­falo Bills own­ers Terry and Kim Peg­ula in re­gards to whether they’re con­sid­er­ing mak­ing whole­sale changes this off­sea­son.

“This isn’t hockey,” Wood told The As­so­ci­ated Press, re­fer­ring to the Peg­u­las who also own the NHL Buf­falo Sabres, a team in the midst of a top-to­bot­tom over­haul that had them fin­ish with the NHL’s worst record in both 2013-14 and 2014-15.

“This isn’t like hockey where you scrap your fran­chise for a guy that you know is com­ing like an Eichel or McDavid,” Wood said, re­fer­ring to Buf­falo’s Jack Eichel and Ed­mon­ton’s Con­nor McDavid, the top two picks in the 2015 draft. “This is foot­ball. You can get a No. 1 draft pick, and the best guy on the board is a tackle that year, and a tackle doesn’t change your fran­chise.”

Wood, side­lined by a bro­ken right leg, spoke while mak­ing his way up the tun­nel on crutches fol­low­ing Buf­falo’s 33-13 win over the win­less Cleveland Browns on Sun­day.

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