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Mike Williams gave Tampa Bay Buccaneers results of urine test after DUI charge

The Bucs allowed receiver Mike Williams to play Sunday in San Francisco after a urine test did not reveal evidence of any substances that were either illegal or against NFL rules.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times

The Bucs allowed receiver Mike Williams to play Sunday in San Francisco after a urine test did not reveal evidence of any substances that were either illegal or against NFL rules.

TAMPA — Rookie WR Mike Williams, charged early Friday with driving under the influence, voluntarily gave the Bucs organization the results of a urine test taken with an independent agency only hours later to help prove his innocence.

Williams, who was charged after failing a field sobriety test with a blood-alcohol level below the limit of 0.08 at which the state presumes impairment, offered to take an optional urine test with law enforcement officials. Coach Raheem Morris said Monday that he also went through an independent agency to show the team the results by Friday morning.

"We're very pleased with the results that we got," Morris said. "We're confident that he's completely clean, and we'll let our law enforcement do their due process."

Morris added that the test was for several substances, including those banned by the NFL, and the organization will fine Williams "a lot of money" for the incident. If Williams' pending test comes back clean, the case could be thrown out.

Williams played in Sunday's 21-0 victory over the 49ers, finishing with three receptions for a team-high 54 yards and a touchdown. Morris said Friday that Williams will learn from the incident and, "Luckily, it wasn't to the extent where he can get in legal trouble," perhaps a reference to the independent test results Williams gave the team.

Offensive coordinator Greg Olson spoke with Williams and expressed disappointment in his actions, though not in his reaction. Olson said he expected critics to consider this part of the character issues that caused the receiver to fall to the Bucs in the fourth round of this year's draft, but Olson said this was an isolated incident.

"There was a family matter, a relative in town," Olson said, "but there is no excuse for any of our players to be out that late, obviously, the night before a practice.

"More than anything, he was very remorseful, which is a good sign. He wasn't full of excuses, and that's a good sign," Olson continued. "I think it's obviously unfortunate that it happened. We're certainly disappointed that he would be out that late knowing that we had a big game and practice, and as late in the week as it was."

A Hall of Fame call: CB Ronde Barber became the first player in NFL history to record at least 40 interceptions and 25 sacks Sunday — and the Hall of Fame took notice.

Morris said Monday that the Pro Football Hall of Fame called asking for Barber's jersey and gloves from Sunday's game. Barber, 35, has 26 sacks in his 14-year career, and his 40th interception came off San Francisco QB Troy Smith.

"It's phenomenal," Morris said. "It's a feat that we're very proud of, and I'm sure he will be as well."

Morris went on to praise the five-time Pro Bowl corner's work ethic and durability, especially for a player more than a year older than his head coach.

When asked if the Hall of Fame would want anything else from Barber to commemorate the accomplishment, Morris smiled.

"Hopefully they'll ask for him soon," he said. "That'd be pretty cool."

McCoy making progress: According to LB Barrett Ruud, the key to DT Gerald McCoy's improved play the past two weeks has been simple: He's not worrying as much about being perfect.

McCoy, who registered two half-sacks Sunday, has put together impressive back-to-back performances against the Panthers and 49ers, filling up the stat sheet in a way he hadn't done early in his rookie season. Ruud said the Bucs' defensive focus on always being in the right spot might have caused McCoy to avoid playing with the "reckless abandon" that has made him so successful.

"If you get up and disrupt somebody, whether you're supposed to be in the B gap or the A gap, if it's 2 yards in the backfield, it doesn't matter," Ruud said.

Morris once again emphasized that McCoy's strength has been his ability to be disruptive on the defensive line, which he has done all year.

"When he's playing like he played (Sunday), when he's being active and shedding tackles and making plays, then it really starts to show," Morris said.

QUOTABLE: Ruud, on if the shutout was a return to "Buc ball":

"Not really, because our offense is better. Buc ball is you win 10-6, and we don't got to do that anymore. We've got an explosive offense now. We're just trying to be an opportunistic defense. We're trying to get the ball back for our offense or score ourselves. It's kind of nice, actually, not having to win the old Buc-ball way."

Mike Williams gave Tampa Bay Buccaneers results of urine test after DUI charge 11/22/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 22, 2010 10:26pm]

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