Bucs WR Mike Williams Placed On IR
By Allen Kim
A little less than a week after losing RB Doug Martin to a torn labrum, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are now faced with having to potentially shut down their No. 2 receiver, Mike Williams.
Williams told Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune that he has a torn hamstring, which could end his season early. He originally hurt his hamstring last month when the Buccaneers played the Arizona Cardinals, and was inactive following the team’s bye when they played the Philadelphia Eagles.
“He has a condition,’’ Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano said. “It’s just a matter of can he play with it?’’
Williams was limited throughout the week with a hamstring injury leading up to their Thursday night game against the Carolina Panthers, and while he was able to play the entire game, he was not operating at 100 percent. He was largely ineffective for most of the night, recording only three receptions for only 20 yards.
If Williams is indeed done for the year, he’ll finish the 2013 season with 22 receptions for 216 yards and two touchdowns. This would certainly qualify as a disappointing season for the 26-year-old after he signed a six-year, $40.25 million contract in the offseason.
Rookie QB Mike Glennon will likely continue to lean on Vincent Jackson as his primary receiver with TE Tim Wright getting additional looks in the passing game.
Update: The Buccaneers have opted to place Williams on injured reserve, ending his season.
“Mike had a hamstring injury that he tried to play through, but he just wasn’t effective doing it," said Schiano. "He’ll get surgery now and be repaired and be fine, it’s just going to be a little bit of a recovery. After getting all of the information from the doctors, he was allowed to try [and play with the injury]. He did for two weeks, but he wasn’t really himself. [He] couldn’t do the things he needs to do to be effective. So it’s time to get surgery.
“Mike’s been banged up for the better part of the year, I don’t think it’s going to be that much of a change. Relative to what could have been, sure. Mike’s a very fine player, but that’s part of life in the NFL. We need the next man to get the opportunity and we’ll go with that.”