Bucs’ Mike Williams slowed down by hamstring injury
The fourth-year pro sounded ominous when asked about the injury on Friday and is expected to miss significant time. Williams will be likely re-evaluated moving forward but at this point the extent of his injury remains unknown.
Williams also missed the Buccaneers’ Week 6 game against the Philadelphia Eagles with hamstring issues. He originally injured the leg in the Week 4 loss to the Arizona Cardinals and a even Week 5 was didn’t provide enough time to let the hamstring heal.
Even though Williams played in the Buccaneers’ last two games, he clearly looked limited by the injury, pulling in a combined seven receptions for 52 yards against the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers. The injury clearly starting to become a big concern for the Buccaneers, as coach Greg Schiano also acknowledged that Williams’ hamstring issues aren’t fading away.
"It's kind of always aggravated. He has a condition," Schiano said. "It's just a matter of can he can play with it."
The 26-year-old Williams is currently considered indefinitely out. But the injury has even got some wondering if Williams will be able to play at all for the remaining season.
The Buccaneers signed Williams to a 40-year contract extension this offseason, in hopes of keeping him on the roster through 2018. If he is moved to the injured reserve, that will close the books on the first-year of the new deal.
With two touchdowns this season, Williams ranks second behind Buccaneers’ No.1 wide receiver Vincent Jackson. The team has little depth behind them, and had to rely on Tiquan Underwood to share receiving duties when Williams was slowed down by hamstring Thursday.