Mike Williams Injury: Updates on Buccaneers WR's Hamstring
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams has a hamstring injury that limited him in practice on Friday and makes him questionable heading into Sunday's Week 4 clash against the Arizona Cardinals.
NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal reported on the matter, noting that fellow Bucs wideout Vincent Jackson is also questionable:
Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams returned for a limited practice. Both are questionable.— gregg rosenthal (@greggrosenthal) September 27, 2013
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Williams' hamstring injury on Thursday and mentioned that both Williams and Jackson were out of practice for the second straight session:
For second straight day, Bucs WRs Vincent Jackson (ribs) and Mike Williams (hamstring) did not practice today.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 26, 2013
At least the return to practice for both players is encouraging. Williams is active for Week 4.
UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 29
From Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times:
Bucs announce Josh Freeman is inactive as No. 3 QB. WR Vincent Jackson is active, as is Mike Williams.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) September 29, 2013
Greg Schiano's bunch is 0-3 entering its second home game of the 2013 season. It boasts the 31st-ranked passing offense in the league, averaging a measly 174.7 yards per game.
Rookie third-round draft choice Mike Glennon will make his NFL regular-season debut for the Bucs amid the rift between Schiano and incumbent signal-caller Josh Freeman.
Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Freeman could be deactivated after Freeman went public to ESPN and discussed a prospective trade out of Tampa. That came after Freeman declined to talk to the media on Wednesday and Thursday, as Stroud points out.
If Glennon is meant to be the quarterback of the future for the Buccaneers, it may be wise to cut him some slack in his maiden start. It looks as though Williams will be at least somewhat limited if he can play on Sunday in Raymond James Stadium.
Williams was a fourth-round pick in the 2010 draft and has returned great value for the Bucs, breaking out as a rookie with 964 receiving yards and a franchise-record 11 touchdowns.
This year, the 26-year-old playmaker has 11 receptions for 126 yards and one touchdown through three games. He signed a six-year, $40 million contract extension this past offseason.
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