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Williams Practices, Questionable for Sunday

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Friday Notes: WR Mike Williams hopes to avoid a second straight game on the inactive list due to a hamstring injury, and he was able to step up his participation Friday...And other notes

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • WR Mike Williams was a full participant in practice and he hopes he can help put the Bucs' offense at full strength Sunday
  • CB Michael Adams and DE Da'Quan Bowers are also questionable for the game, while four Falcons have been ruled out
  • The Bucs are preparing for an extremely noisy environment in the Georgia Dome
On the practice field Friday, rookie quarterback Mike Glennon ran a first-team offense that looked more like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' actual first team, thanks to the return of wide receiver Mike Williams.  After being limited on Wednesday and Thursday due to a hamstring injury that led to his first career missed game last weekend, Williams was back to full participation on the last day of the work week.

“When all three of us are on the field together, it’s real good," said a smiling Williams after Friday's practice.  "We get to see how his [passes] are and he gets to see how we like running routes and we get to all talk to each other. It’s been good so far.”

Of course, what the Buccaneers want more is Williams' participation on Sunday when they take on the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome.  Williams was hurt during the Buccaneers' Week Four game against Arizona, Glennon's first career start, and he sat out last Sunday when Glennon made his second start against the Eagles.  An attack featuring both Williams and fellow starter Vincent Jackson – nine catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns last week – would give Glennon a much better chance to exploit Atlanta's 26th-ranked pass defense.

Williams thinks the offense is going to need to be operating at a high gear to keep up with Atlanta's potent attack.

“Going against Atlanta, every year , we already know [it will be a challenge]," he said.  "In the first half [of games this season], they’re like 85-14 against all their opponents or something like that, so we know we’re going to have to put up points. It’s very important for us to go down and make plays and get touchdowns instead of [field goals].”

Of course, in terms of Williams' participation, it should be noted that Friday's practice is routinely run at a speed something less than what is used during the heavier Wednesday and Thursday workouts.  In addition, how he feels on Saturday is likely to be a much better determinant as to the likelihood of Williams playing on Sunday.

“We’ll see how he responds from today," said Head Coach Greg Schiano, succinctly.

-- WR Mike Williams practiced fully on Friday
Officially, Williams is listed as "questionable" on the injury report, the same designation he carried into last weekend before a final evaluation on the morning of the game ruled him out.  The Bucs hope to have him on the field to continue his fine career work in the Georgia Dome; in three career road games against the Falcons Williams as caught 11 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 16.8 yards per grab.

* Williams is one of three players on the Buccaneers' injury report who is questionable, along with cornerback Michael Adams (knee) and defensive end Da'Quan Bowers (toe).  Adams was limited on Friday after practicing fully the previous two days and is hoping to make his Buccaneer regular-season debut soon.  Bowers hasn't missed a game yet this season but he struggled early in the week with his toe injury before returning to full participation in practice on Friday.

The two players ruled out for the Buccaneers are running back Jeff Demps (groin) and guard Carl Nicks (foot), both of whom had surgery earlier this week.  Schiano indicated on Friday that there is a chance Demps will return to the field this season.

“I think he can bounce back," said Schiano.  "I can’t tell you for sure but I think he can bounce back. Give it a week or so, just see how he’s coming along.”

The Falcons have only one player listed as questionable on their injury report, linebacker Akeem Dent (ankle), but that's because they have already ruled out four others: T Sam Baker (knee), TE Chase Coffman (knee), RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) and WR Roddy White (hamstring/ankle).  Baker, Jackson and White are all starters on Atlanta's offense, which also lost starting WR Julio Jones to the injured reserve list right before its bye week.

Below are the full injury reports for each team, now with game-status designations.

Buccaneers:

Player

Injury

Practice Status

Game Status

CB Michael Adams

Knee

Limited Participation

Questionable

DE Da'Quan Bowers

Toe

Full Participation

Questionable

RB Jeff Demps

Groin

Out

Out

G Davin Joseph

Knee

Full Participation

Probable

G Carl Nicks

Foot

Out

Out

WR Mike Williams

Hamstring

Limited Participation

Questionable

C Jeremy Zuttah

Groin

Full Participation

Probable

 

Falcons:

Player

Injury

Practice Status

Game Status

T Sam Baker

Knee

Did Not Participate

Out

TE Chase Coffman

Knee

Did Not Participate

Out

LB Akeem Dent

Ankle

Limited Participation

Questionable

RB Steven Jackson

Hamstring

Did Not Participate

Out

RB Jason Snelling

Concussion

Full Participation

Probable

WR Roddy White

Ham./Ankle

Did Not Participate

Out



* Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs, set a record this past stadium when its crowd noise during a game against Oakland reached 137.5 decibels.  The Georgia Dome won't break that record on Sunday when the Buccaneers visit, but it's not exactly going to be a tranquil work environment for the Buccaneers and their rookie quarterback.

The Buccaneers routinely use artificial crowd noise and music during their practices at One Buccaneer Place, and this week they turned the speakers up a bit more.  Schiano joked that even that might not have been very close to a true simulation to what the team will experience on Sunday.

"We’re going up against the elements, which is the noise, basically, in that dome," he said.  "We’ve tried to simulate it as much as we possibly could at practice all week but especially today, we cranked it up a little louder today just so they could get the true feel. If it’s any louder than it is today, it will be an OSHA [Occupational Safety and Health Administration] restriction and we’ll probably have to call the game.”

Of course, the Buccaneers have braved that Georgia Dome environment before and been successful, most recently during a 22-17 win in last year's regular-season finale.  However, Schiano knows that what the team has done on the practice field this week will go much further towards determining their fate on Sunday than what happened 10 months ago.

“I don’t think any of that has anything to do with this Sunday’s game," said the coach.  "I don’t think many people are comfortable in the Georgia Dome, [with] the noise and all those things. Our confidence comes through preparation and I think we’ve had a good week of preparation. It’s not done yet, we have work to do today and tomorrow, but I think our guys have practiced well and they should be confident in that. It’s quite a challenge, we’re going on the road against a well-coached football team that has talented players in all three phases."

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