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Buccaneers place WR Mike Williams on injured reserve

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Williams has been placed on injured reserve. (USATSI)
Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Williams has been placed on injured reserve. (USATSI)

Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams suffered a torn hamstring against Carolina on Thursday and that torn hamstring will cost him the rest of the season. Tampa Bay placed the fourth-year receiver on season-ending injured reserve on Monday.

In a season of bad news, this is the latest blow for the Buccaneers. Williams is the team's second leading receiver, but had been hobbled by the hamstring since first injuring it in a Week 4 loss to Arizona.

The Buccaneers had a Week 5 bye, but that wasn't enough time for Williams' hamstring to heal and he was put on the inactive list for Tampa's Week 6 game against Philadelphia. The Eagles game marked the first time in his four-year career that Williams had missed a game.

Williams may have tried to do too much too quickly on the hamstring. After missing the Eagles game, the 26-year-old returned for Tampa's Week 7 game against the Falcons, then played again four days later in the Buccaneer's Thursday night loss to the Panthers.

The torn hamstring comes less than four months after Williams signed a six-year, $40.25 million extension with Tampa Bay that included $15 million in guaranteed money.

Williams' season will end with 22 catches for 216 yards and two touchdowns. All three of those numbers rank second on the team behind only Vincent Jackson's 41 catches for 623 yards and four touchdowns.

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