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October 26, 2013 @ 12:24 pm
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Report: Williams Has Torn Hamstring

Written by Gil
Arcia
Gil Arcia

Gil
Arcia

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The Buccaneers have a bad string of luck this 2013 season. The ever growing list of injured players seems to grow each week and wide receiver Mike Williams has been on it. However, Williams recently revealed the extent of his injury to his hamstring on Friday.
If losing games wasn’t enough, the Bucs are losing players also. The latest in the rash of injuries is to wide receiver Mike Williams who told Tampa Tribune’s Ira Kaufman he has a torn hamstring.

"I think it's kind of always aggravated,” head coach Greg Schiano said when addressing Williams’ injury on Friday. “He has a condition, it's just a matter of can he play with it."

Williams initially injured the hamstring in Tampa Bay’s Week 3 loss to the New England Patriots. He would play Week 4 against the Arizona Cardinals but would then be declared inactive for their Week 6 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles following the bye in Week 5. He would return to action in Week 7 at Atlanta but Thursday night against Carolina Williams was visibly limited after catching three passes for 20 yards.

The four-year wide receiver out of Syracuse signed a new deal this offseason worth $40.25 million for six years. This season Williams has caught 22 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns. His 9.8 yards per catch average this season is his lowest so far from any of his previous three seasons. All three combined total an average of just over 14 yards per catch from 2010 – 2012.

If Williams misses significant time, the Buccaneers do have depth at the position but with limited experience. Outside of veterans Vincent Jackson and Tiquan Underwood, the other four on the depth chart have just three years combined experience. Receivers Skye Dawson, Russell Shepard, Eric Page, and Chris Owusu have 11 receptions among the four this season while Owusu accounts for six of that total.

Williams missed the first game of his career when the team played Philadelphia. Up until now he has been healthy and has never had any injury problems that jeopardized his availability. His 23 touchdowns ranks him eighth overall in team history for most touchdowns scored in a Buccaneers uniform.
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    Williams is now on IR. If only Schian Ofer7 could go on IR!
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    Sorry fellow readers, but I can´t hold myself back; just so dissappointed we still got the same "HC". Didn´t ´he say: "competition on all positions" - well, he got rid of Najee Goode (who at the very least was a perfect back up; and for what reason?? because he got a interception or what, and he apparently got better and better, like Foster 2.0) Why keeping that "HC". some people sound like we can´t loose without him for draft posi, heck winning is the tough part in the NFL...
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    This was the perfect time to make a coaching change and try to salvage this season. Unfortunately that was not done. I have to believe that schiano is here until the end of the season at this point. That probably means Dominic and schiano get shown the door soon after.
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    Maybe it was "just" a strained muscle and now it´s torn or whatever, the main issue remains.. The Glazers realy should start to think about their approach with this team, because 1) maybe they don´t care much about NFL football or 2) they realy just have no clue(and/or class). One way or the other they should get sth. like a "President" of Football operations, like some fans have already suggested.. What do you all think about that?
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    They can't all be Jack Youngblood, Morgan. What a ridiculous comment to think a wide receiver could play with a torn hamstring. Why would you want him to even attempt it?
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    Williams played poorly in the last game and now we know why. However I believe Schiano should not have even played him in the last game and Joseph has been playing so poorly this year a smart Coach would have put in Meredith in his place long ago and we could have had a better chance to win the close games we lost. It's a wonder Schiano hasn't dragged Doogie back and made him try to play too. We need an NFLCoach with HC Experience to take over the Bucs now and restore their confidence that they can win so our free agents don't jump ship this year because they are so frustrated with Schiano. Sack Schiano before it is too late to right the Ship this year, and let Sheridan walk the plank too!!!
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    I find it hard to believe that he could even play if it is torn. Mike may be disputing it according to some cryptic tweets he sent. I was shocked when I saw the Trib story on it this morning.
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    This shows exactly why coach needs to go: he probably makes things even worse than it already is. Every minor injury has effects to the body (the body won´t be the same ever). Since week(s?) the great motor (B)MW seemed to have issues with his tires and the season is wasted anyway.. what does this "HC" do? enough said
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    Players play hurt all the time. Aren't you taking this blame game a little too far?
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    Morgan; torn hamstrings are bad for wide receivers. I really thought you understood that.
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    Williams could barely walk, let alone run a sprint if he had a completely torn hamstring. Trainers gave him the okay to play. Some of you need to become fans of the PGA tour.
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    I am NOT in favor for playing players with hamstring problems. Let them heal. I am for seeing the young receivers play and see if we want to keep them or not. Every time the coach opens his mouth about a players injury he comes out like he doesn't really care. Well coach has not been fired so we have him for at least another game. Dominik, please keep looking for players for the 53 man squad and please put the obvious players on injured reserve.
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