Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris announced that WR Mike Williams will play Sunday against the 49ers despite the rookie wideout being arrested and charged with driving under the influence early Friday morning, according to Pewter Report.
"We just gathered the information and just dealing with my captains and everybody else," Morris told Pewter Report. "We gathered all the information and came to the decision that I'm going to travel him and play him."
Williams, who leads all rookies in receiving yards with 627 in nine games this season, was arrested even though his blood-alcohol level was lower than the 0.08 level at which a motorist is considered too intoxicated to drive.
The ex-Syracuse standout was driving 57 mph in a 45-mph zone and weaving in and out of lanes, according to Hillsborough sheriff's spokesman Larry McKinnon. When Williams agreed to sobriety tests at the traffic stop, deputies saw signs of impairment. Breath tests showed Williams had blood-alcohol levels of 0.065 and 0.061. In Florida, drivers are presumed drunk at 0.08.
Morris told Pewter Report that he was disappointed with Williams' actions, but happy with the way the rookie handled the situation.
"He was cooperative," Morris said. "I did get my reports back on that so I was very pleased with his ability to be cooperative and not be disrespectful, and make this thing even worse than it could be."
Williams also submitted to a urine test, with results pending. Deputies reported that Williams smelled of alcohol and had glassy eyes.
The way we see it
Williams has been a favorite target of Bucs QB Josh Freeman all season and his presence will provide a big boost for Tampa Bay. The 6-3 Bucs will go on the road against a tough 49ers defense this week and Williams will allow them to do more in the passing game.
While San Francisco is ranked in the middle of the pack defensively, the 49ers' strength has been stopping the run. With that in mind, Williams could put up big numbers if the Bucs decide to focus on their aerial attack on Sunday.