Rookie wide receiver Mike Williams, who was charged with driving under the influence early Friday morning, will travel with the team and is expected to start Sunday in San Francisco, a team spokesman said.
The team also released a statement from general manager Mark Dominik.Williams
“We are in the process of gathering all the facts,’’ Dominik said. “Mike has been very cooperative.’’
Williams’ blood-alcohol level was below the state limit of 0.08 in two different tests, but reports say he was weaving in traffic and smelled of alcohol. Williams also agreed to a urine test, which can be requested when an officer suspects the use of substances other than alcohol. The arrest means Williams eventually could face disciplinary action from the league or the team.
Williams slipped to the fourth round of the draft after a controversial college career at Syracuse that ended when he left the team before the end of his final season. The Buccaneers said they had thoroughly researched Williams’ character in the pre-draft process and were comfortable selecting him.
Prior to the arrest, there were no off-field issues involving Williams. He fit into the locker room quickly and emerged as the team’s top wide receiver. Through nine games, he has 40 catches for 627 yards and five touchdowns.