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Injury nagging Bucs receiver Williams

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TAMPA — Wide receiver Mike Williams has been dealing with a nagging hamstring injury the past several weeks that has zapped his production.

Now there's a question whether Williams could miss more games. When asked Friday if he just has to play through the injury, Williams sounded ominous. "In about three hours, you're going to find out about it," he said, offering no details.

The Bucs did not have a statement on Williams' injury, which forced him to miss the Eagles on Oct. 13. But it's clearly a concern. Coach Greg Schiano acknowledged the problem isn't going away. "It's kind of always aggravated. (Williams) has a condition," Schiano said. "It's just a matter of, can he can play with it?"

Williams was held to three catches for 20 yards in Thursday's 31-13 loss to the Panthers. For the season, Williams has 22 catches for 216 yards and two touchdowns.

McCoy Clarifies: DT Gerald McCoy admitted he upset some fans with his comments after Thursday's loss that they needed to "have a little class" in regard to their attacks on Schiano.

McCoy clarified what he meant Friday: "I never said them being angry or disappointed was wrong. What I said was disrespecting a man as a person is wrong. It's a love-hate thing. You love the fact that (the fans) are so angry because they want to win just as bad as us. You hate the fact you have put them through that."

The paid attendance for the game was listed at 59,073. The turnstile attendance released by the Tampa Sports Authority was 47,751.

NEED FOR "D": Earlier in the season, the defense was the Bucs' biggest bright spot, keeping the team in games. But Tampa Bay has allowed 31 points in each of its past three games.

Panthers QB Cam Newton threw for 221 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for a 50 yards Thursday.

"We've been dropping the ball," McCoy said. "I think it's more of the details and precision. (Thursday), at the beginning of the game, it was eye discipline. After that, they figured us out. They just beat us."

Schiano said deep passes hurt the Bucs in losses to the Falcons and Eagles but Thursday's issue was different. Though the Bucs had three sacks, they had six other opportunities they missed, he said.

LIKE MIKE: The Bucs continue to be pleased with the progress of rookie QB Mike Glennon through his first four starts. Glennon, who hasn't thrown an interception in either of his past two games, had career highs of 51 attempts, 30 completions and 275 yards Thursday, but he was hurt by five drops by his receivers.

"I believe we've got a stud at quarterback," LG Davin Joseph said. "He's the right guy to take us to become a winning team."

Glennon has averaged 45 passing attempts. Schiano said a big reason for the high number is the Bucs having had to play from behind. "He's efficient, doing what we've asked him to do," Schiano said. "When you know you're going to get that, now you've got to build around it."

MEDICAL MATTERS: S Dashon Goldson, who missed Thursday's game, said his injured left knee is improving and he hopes to return Nov. 3 at Seattle. … TE Tom Crabtree aggravated his ankle injury Thursday, and S Keith Tandy (ankle) and LB Dekoda Watson (shoulder) also were banged up, Schiano said. RB Doug Martin (shoulder) is still out indefinitely. "The nice thing is we have a little bit of a break here before we play again, to get everybody feeling better," Schiano said.

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