Monday, December 8, 2014

With injury status, Mike Williams all but out in Buffalo


In his time with the Bills, wide receiver Mike Williams has butted heads with coach Doug Marrone over how much playing time he believes he should be seeing.

That won't be an issue anymore, at least not this season.

The team deemed the 27-year-old waived-injured Monday following his inactive status against the Broncos, as they acquired fellow wideout Deonte Thompson from the Ravens. Williams will go through the normal waiver process, though he'll land on IR if he's not claimed.

"When we made the trade for Mike, obviously Sammy (Watkins) came on board after that," coach Doug Marrone said, via Matthew Fairburn of "Robert (Woods) has stepped up his game. They're the two outside receivers. So it's not a frustration standpoint when other people are stepping up and you feel like you're putting your best players on the field.

"Obviously for Mike, I'm sure it's a frustration. I've talked to him about that quite a bit during the year. He's worked extremely hard despite that and done everything he could to try to get back on the field."

Williams, who played only 22 percent of the Bills' offensive snaps this season, tallied eight receptions for 142 yards and a touchdown, the bulk of which came in Week 4 against the Texans. His contributions plateaued in that game, seeing only two targets following the win.

On the other side, the 25-year-old Thompson has hauled in 15 receptions in his three years in Baltimore after going undrafted out of the University of Florida. The speedster hasn't seen any playing time on Sunday so far this season, but he does have special teams experience, a trait that routinely kept Williams off the active roster.

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