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Williams Headed to Injured Reserve

Posted Oct 28, 2013

The Buccaneers' second-leading receiver and their top touchdown scorer over the last three-plus years will miss the rest of the 2013 season due to the hamstring injury that has limited him for weeks

  • Mike Williams, the Bucs' second-leading receiver, will miss the remainder of the 2013 season due to a hamstring injury
  • Williams' 25 touchdowns since the start of 2010 are by far the most by any Buccaneer during that span
  • Tampa Bay's offense has also recently lost, at least temporarily, such players as Doug Martin, Jeff Demps and Carl Nicks
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams had never missed a game since being drafted in 2010 until a hamstring injury kept him out of the team's Week Six contest against Philadelphia.  Now he will miss the remainder of the 2013 season.

On Monday, the Buccaneers placed Williams, their second-leading receiver and the team's top touchdown producer since 2010, on injured reserve.  That same hamstring injury was the culprit; Williams had played through the ailment in several games before and after the one he sat out, but now he'll have a chance to let it heal.

The Buccaneers did not immediately fill the new opening on their 53-man roster.

Tampa Bay's offense has taken several hits lately.  Though he has not been placed on I.R., starting tailback Doug Martin sustained a shoulder injury in Atlanta that kept him out of last week's game and raised concerns that his season might be in jeopardy.  Running back Jeff Demps, the Olympic sprinter who was finding a growing role in the Bucs' offense, suffered a groin injury that required surgery and has missed the last two games.  And Pro Bowl left guard Carl Nicks had surgery on his foot after  a recurrence of his MRSA infection, causing him to miss the last two games as well.  There is no timetable yet for the return of Martin, Demps or Nicks.

Now Williams joins them on the sideline as the Buccaneers continue a season of adjustments on ofefnse.  Unlike the aforementioned three, Williams will definitely not return; even if it was possible that his hamstring injury would heal before season's end, the Buccaneers have already used their one "injured reserve/designated for return" tag on cornerback Danny Gorrer, who could come off the I.R. list this week.

-- WR Mike Williams finishes the 2013 season with 22 receptions for 216 yards and two TDs
Slowed somewhat by his balky hamstring, Williams had recorded 22 receptions for 216 yards and two touchdowns through the first seven games, six of which he played in.  He was second on the team in all three of those categories to fellow starter Vincent Jackson (41-623-4).

Williams did manage to climb four spots on the Bucs' all-time receiving yardage chart before his season came to an end.  His 216 yards on the season raised his career total to 2,947, which moved him past Courtney Hawkins (2,744), Lawrence Dawsey (2,842), Michael Clayton (2,936) and Bruce Hill (2,942) and into eighth place in franchise history.  Williams is also tied with former Bucs running back Errict Rhett for the eighth spot on the team's all-time touchdowns list, with 25.  Those 25 scores are the most by any Buccaneer since the start of 2010, and the loss of Williams is definitely a blow to the Bucs' offense in the red zone.  No other Tampa Bay player has more than 13 touchdowns in that same time span.