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Tampa Bay Bucs Receiver Mike Williams Arrested for DUI, May Play Sunday

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer INovember 19, 2010

Mike Williams was arrested early Friday morning.
Mike Williams was arrested early Friday morning.J. Meric/Getty Images

Mike Williams is one of the great surprises of the 2010 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season.

Early Friday morning he was arrested by Hillsborough County Sheriff's Deputies and charged with driving under the influence.

Williams was arrested at 2:48 a.m. near the intersection of U.S. 301 and Causeway Blvd. outside Brandon. Arrest reports showed Williams' blood alcohol test were below the legal limit, 0.061 and 0.065.

Williams was taken in the fourth round of the draft last April after his stock fell when he quit the team his senior season at Syracuse. He has been a model player since his arrival with the Bucs.

The team is scheduled to leave Friday for its Sunday road game in San Francisco against the 49ers.

There are conflicting reports on whether Williams will play or not on Sunday. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that one Buccaneer official said Williams would play then Schefter later reported another team official said Williams wouldn't play on Sunday.

At his afternoon press conference, Coach Raheem Morris confirmed that Williams will play, although he did not participate in Friday's practice. "Mike Williams did not participate today but he is going to travel and he is going to play," Morris said.

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Morris made the decision after meeting with team captains and organization staff members. 

Williams is expected to travel with the team.

"We are in the process of gathering all the facts. Mike has been very cooperative," said Bucs GM Mark Dominik.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's spokesman Larry McKinnon said Williams was driving a black Cadillac 57 miles per hour in a 45 zone and weaving in and out of lanes when he was stopped.

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