TAMPA — Bucs rookie WR Mike Williams ran a few routes in practice Friday, but the team still listed him as questionable for Sunday against the Saints with a foot injury.
Williams leads the Bucs with 19 catches for 238 yards and three touchdowns. Despite Williams' listed status, coach Raheem Morris still sounded confident Friday that the receiver would play.
"He's got a little foot issue," Morris said. "He's had some problems running this week, and he's been out there on a limited basis a little bit this week. We missed him for one day, and we have to list his game status. He'll be one of those decisions you've got to make in the training room. We've got a walkthrough (today), and some of those things we've got to deal with. Hopefully, we'll get him out there and be ready to go.
"He looked good. He went out there, he ran a couple of routes. But you're talking about a receiver. You're talking about the delicacy of a foot. You're talking about a speed, skill position and being able to go out there and be 100 percent. He's a tough guy, he's got a lot of will, he wants to play and he's young. That's part of our football team. I've still got to list his status, though."
CENTRAL THEME: With C Jeff Faine out 4-6 weeks with a quadriceps pull, G Jeremy Zuttah will move to Faine's spot against the Saints. It's a tall order considering Zuttah will line up against tackles Sedrick Ellis, who has three sacks, and Anthony Hargrove, who has one.
"He went out there and did a really good job against the Cincinnati Bengals," Morris said. "That was a credit to his development and where he's come and how he's grown up. We talked about it being a strong 61, from that last man on your practice squad to that top guy on your roster. It doesn't matter where you got him from."