Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Cadillac Williams, back from injury, won't play Sunday vs. Vikings

Cadillac Williams says he didn’t expect to play Sunday after coming off the physically unable to perform list this week.

BILL SERNE | Times (2006)

Cadillac Williams says he didn’t expect to play Sunday after coming off the physically unable to perform list this week.

TAMPA — Though RB Cadillac Williams has returned to the active roster, he'll almost certainly be inactive against the Vikings on Sunday.

That was the word from coach Jon Gruden on Friday.

"I don't foresee (Williams) being a part of this game," Gruden said after the Bucs' final practice. "We'll see how the next 48 hours unfold. We seem to have had some injuries in the backfield. If everything goes as planned, I don't see him being active."

Williams came off the physically unable to perform list Wednesday after 14 months rehabilitating a severe right knee injury. But Earnest Graham (knee) looked good for the second straight day, and Warrick Dunn (back) appeared to be progressing, so the Bucs feel no need to rush Williams into action.

"I knew coming in that my chance of playing wasn't too likely," Williams said. "It's not a big surprise."

smith out: TE Alex Smith, who sprained an ankle catching the two-point conversion pass that sent the Nov. 2 game at Kansas City into overtime, did not practice this week and was not expected to play Sunday.

"It affects us, especially against a crowd like this," Gruden said. "We've been a two-tight-end, three-tight-end operation. It's been a big part of our passing game, certainly, and our pass protection. Our running game. And Alex Smith, as you know, as been the one tight end that's been our starter and been an every-down-type guy. So it's a big loss for us.

"During the bye week, it was hard to conjure a game plan because we didn't know if we would have him or have a back ready to go. … We've made some adjustments. We'll move on and do the best we can.

"You'll see (Jerramy Stevens) and John Gilmore, and you might see some different plays and different sets this week, too."

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Cadillac Williams, back from injury, won't play Sunday vs. Vikings 11/14/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 7:32pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Crosstown rivals Bloomingdale-Newsome kick off season


    LITHIA — In a week filled with area football rivalries, there is a game on the east side of Hillsborough County — Bloomingdale vs. Newsome — that has matured into a classic crosstown battle, complete with classic cliches.

    Bloomingdale wide receiver Ed Amos charges through a drill a few days before the big rivalry game against Newsome on Friday night.
  2. Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast: Several key players still sidelined


    Greg Auman gives an injury update, with several key players still sidelined from practice three days before the Bucs play the Cleveland Browns in Tampa, and a full recap of your favorite scenes from Tuesday …

    Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans was held out of practice Wednesday at One Buc Place. [CHARLIE KAIJO | Times]
  3. Playoff ambitions evident in opener for Zephyrhills, Wiregrass Ranch


    WESLEY CHAPEL — A new football season in Pasco County begins Friday night, but this one promises to be like none before it — with more math than ever. A new playoff system emphasizes schedule strength, making non-district tilts particularly important.

    Wiregrass Ranch wide receiver Jordan Miner catches a pass in spring practice at Wiregrass Ranch High School in Wesley Chapel on Monday, May 1, 2017.
  4. Dirk Koetter says Bucs used team meeting to discuss social issues


    Four days before their preseason home opener against the Cleveland Browns, which had 12 players not stand for the national anthem prior to their last game, the Bucs used their team meeting to discuss social issues that might have led to that demonstration, coach Dirk Koetter said.

    "The main thing is we have to respect everybody's opinion," Dirk Koetter said, "because everybody is not going to agree." [AP photo]
  5. Rookie tight end Antony Auclair making case to stick with Bucs


    Don't let his modest preseason stats fool you: Antony Auclair, the undrafted rookie tight end from Canada is making a strong case to stick around on the Bucs' 53-man roster this season.

    Bucs tight end Antony Auclair (82) collides with a defender following a catch during training camp. [CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times]