Former Buc Mike Williams on life support following construction accident

A report by a Buffalo TV station Tuesday night said Williams had died as a result of his injuries, but the family is weighing options.
Mike Williams was drafted out of Syracuse by the Bucs in 2010.
Mike Williams was drafted out of Syracuse by the Bucs in 2010. [ Times (2013) ]
Published Sept. 6|Updated Sept. 12

UPDATE (Tuesday): Mike Williams died Tuesday morning at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa.

UPDATE (Saturday): Mike Williams remained in the intensive care unit Saturday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa and was breathing on his own after being removed from life support.

DEVELOPING: TAMPA — Former Bucs receiver Mike Williams is on life support in ICU at St. Joseph’s Hospital due to injuries sustained in a construction accident last week, the mother of his 8-year-old daughter said.

Tierney Lyle had just left the hospital where she said Williams was mostly non-responsive when she and daughter Mya visited him on Wednesday afternoon.

“They were waiting on me and (his daughter). We’re here and still trying to figure it out,” said Lyle, standing outside of St. Joseph’s Hospital.

“He was asleep when we went in there and he woke up when he heard our voices and his daughter’s voice,” Lyle said. “And he looked around, and he blinked and he was crying but he can’t move.”

Lyle, who said Williams, 36, was injured in a construction accident in Hillsborough County last week, said she believed the plan was to remove Williams from life support but that hasn’t happened yet.

Jon Scott of Spectrum Sports in Buffalo reported Tuesday night that he had confirmed Williams had died and the news was picked up by numerous media outlets, including the Tampa Bay Times.

A fourth-round pick out of Syracuse in 2010, Williams burst onto the scene with 964 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns. That made him an NFL Pepsi Offensive Rookie of the Year finalist.

Williams played only four seasons with Tampa Bay before being traded to his hometown Buffalo Bills in 2014. He finished his career spending part of 2016 with the Chiefs in the offseason.