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Bucs WR Mike Williams Headed to IR, Will Need Surgery


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have placed wide receiver Mike Williams on injured reserve, the team announced Monday. Williams had been suffering from a hamstring injury for over a month.

On Friday, head coach Greg Schiano stated that Williams had beensuffering from an undisclosed hamstring condition. Later that day, the Tampa Tribune reported that the fourth-year wide receiver had actually tore the muscle in theSept. 29 game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Williams had attempted to play through the injury, which was originally sustained against the New England Patriots in Week 3, but was unable to do soand will now undergo surgery.

"After getting all of the information from the doctors, he was allowed to try [and play with the injury]," said head coach Greg Schiano.

"He did for two weeks, but he wasnt really himself. [He] couldnt do the things he needs to do to be effective. So its time to get surgery.

Williams played in six gamesin 2013,catching 22 passes for 216 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He had never missed a game until this season, when the injury prevented him from facing off against the Philadelphia Eagles.

In 2012, Williams caught 65 passes for 996 receiving yards and nine touchdowns, setting up a six-year, $40.25 million contractfor the former fourth-round draft pick that was signed on the even of training camp.

Schiano said during his Monday afternoon press conference that Tiquan Underwood will assume Williams' role as the team's No. 2 receiver.


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