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Bucs place Mike Williams on injured reserve

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If the Buccaneers are going to win a game this year, they’ll have to do it without wide receiver Mike Williams.

The Bucs announced Monday that they have placed Williams on injured reserve, ending his season and leaving the Buccaneers without one of their starting wideouts the rest of the way. Williams has been battling a hamstring injury for several weeks and said after last Thursday’s loss to the Panthers that it was torn rather than strained, which signaled that this move would be coming in short order.

Williams signed a six-year extension with the Bucs before the start of the regular season, so he’ll be back next season after rehabbing the injury. He ends this season with 22 catches for 216 yards and no touchdowns, a disappointing level of production amid a disappointing season for the Buccaneers as a whole.

Tiquan Underwood, Chris Owusu and Eric Page are a few of the options to replace Williams in the starting lineup. None of them has shown the ability to be an effective NFL receiver on a consistent basis to this point in their careers, which should mean as much work for Vincent Jackson as he could handle.

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18 Responses to “Bucs place Mike Williams on injured reserve”
  1. joetoronto says: Oct 28, 2013 12:00 PM

    “Bucs place season on injured reserve”

  2. milkmandanimal says: Oct 28, 2013 12:02 PM

    I would be upset, but Mike Williams going on IR is like the 475th worst thing to happen to Tampa this year. I think I’m kind of numb at this point.

  3. lgbarn says: Oct 28, 2013 12:11 PM

    With the #1 pick in 2014 NFL draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select…

  4. steelerben says: Oct 28, 2013 12:11 PM

    You have to do something to beat Jacksonville in the race to the bottom this year.

  5. ruggyup says: Oct 28, 2013 12:12 PM

    First on IR should be Rock Star Dominik. Ooops! Check that. Better yet, release him.

  6. bucrightoff says: Oct 28, 2013 12:12 PM

    If the Jags and Bucs end up with identical 0-16 records, they should scrap the Pro Bowl and have them do a 1-game playoff: Winner gets the #1 overall pick, loser gets sent to London.

  7. kevinb73 says: Oct 28, 2013 12:24 PM

    Larry Fitzgerald would be nice to have opposite VJ, although the chance of that is as good as them winning a game this season.

  8. realfootballfan says: Oct 28, 2013 12:56 PM

    If both of the northern FL teams finish 0-16, who gets the first pick? This is a struggle of epic proportions.

  9. bucwilder says: Oct 28, 2013 1:09 PM

    Mike Williams had 2 TD’s in the 6 games he’s played this year. (Please check your stats).

    Hope he gets healthy and is ready to ball out next year for the Superbowl run!

  10. firerogergoodellnow says: Oct 28, 2013 1:13 PM

    Lots of WRs out there looking for work:
    Terrell Owens
    Chad Johnson
    Michael Clayton

  11. jwmnyg90 says: Oct 28, 2013 1:14 PM

    “He ends this season with 22 catches for 216 yards and no touchdowns”

    He’s got 2 touchdowns this year. Can’t check simple stats before a post?

  12. crookfactory says: Oct 28, 2013 1:28 PM

    Wow Darelle Revis was a real game changer in Tampa huh? certainly worth all the coverage.

  13. 6ball says: Oct 28, 2013 1:44 PM

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    The Bucs season has turned into Friday 13th. However, they should be in a position to draft one of several highly rated QB’s in the next draft if it’s decided that Glennon is not the answer. If they believe that he has the right stuff, they can trade the pick to another QB hungry team. One way or the other, I think the Bucs will go into next season with a long term plan in place.

    Even if they drafted a QB that needed some seasoning ( ie Brady, Rogers), having Glennon with a dozen games under his belt would give the Bucs some time for patience. You want to avoid at Christian Ponder, Blaine Gabbert situation at all costs.

    The Bucs were not ready for playoff run vs teams like NO, SF, GB, or SEA. anyways. Being out at 2-14 or 4-12 is still out of the playoffs.

    I’ve yet to hear Tom Coughlin say ” we’re 2-5 which puts us 2 games ahead of the Bucs ”

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  14. whysomanylosers says: Oct 28, 2013 1:50 PM

    “Tiquan Underwood, Chris Owusu and Eric Page are a few of the options to replace Williams in the starting lineup. None of them has shown the ability to be an effective NFL receiver on a consistent basis to this point in their careers, which should mean as much work for Vincent Jackson as he could handle.”

    Sadly, those 3 have shown as much as Mike Williams this year… he has been non-existent.
    Must be the new contract.

  15. purplejesus28 says: Oct 28, 2013 2:14 PM

    Looks like the worst punter ever.

  16. onebucplace says: Oct 28, 2013 5:41 PM

    whysomanylosers says:
    Oct 28, 2013 1:50 PM

    Sadly, those 3 have shown as much as Mike Williams this year… he has been non-existent.
    Must be the new contract.

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    Ugh I can’t stand you cwords. He’s been playing with a torn hamstring – the fact he was even on the field at all is quite amazing. If you can’t run it’s very difficult to play WR in this league. Please go jump off the Skyway.

  17. tpa43 says: Oct 28, 2013 7:22 PM

    Turns out he wanted to go IR two weeks ago, but Schiano demanded he take the field. Doesn’t seem like her cares much about the players on his team, only his own interests.

  18. whysomanylosers says: Oct 29, 2013 9:46 AM

    onebucplace says:
    Oct 28, 2013 5:41 PM
    Ugh I can’t stand you cwords. He’s been playing with a torn hamstring – the fact he was even on the field at all is quite amazing. If you can’t run it’s very difficult to play WR in this league. Please go jump off the Skyway.
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    The fact remains the same, he has not produced. He should not have been out on the field.
    Dominik has mad a few splash FA acquisitions and MAYBE some decent draft picks (after a few misses) but he has done NOTHING to establish depth at ANY position (except maybe RB).

    The “old” days was “next man up” and there was no drop off.

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