TAMPA — The next hurdle that Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams will have to clear in his attempt to return from a season-ending hamstring injury is a legal one.
Williams is scheduled to be arraigned in a Hillsborough County court on Feb. 24 for what authorities say was his involvement in a December incident that resulted in Williams facing charges of misdemeanor criminal mischief and trespassing.
A summons was issued Jan. 23 and returned served Feb. 4, according to court records.
Neither Williams, 26, nor his agent, Hadley Engelhard, could be reached for comment on the matter, but Bucs officials released a statement acknowledging the situation, details of which were not available.
“We have spoken with Mike and the local authorities about the charges that have been filed,” Bucs spokesman Nelson Luis said. “All of our players are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the high character and moral responsibility that we demand as representatives of the Buccaneers’ organization.”
Williams, a fourth-round pick of the Bucs in 2010, is coming off a season cut short after six games by the hamstring injury that limited him to 22 catches for 216 yards and two touchdowns in 2013.
After averaging 64 catches each of his first three years with the Bucs, Williams was signed to a new six-year, $40 million contract on the first official day of training camp last year.