Frustration grows for Mike Williams

Mike Williams thought he might finally get a chance to show what he could do in the Lions offense under game conditions Sunday at Minnesota but one mistake apparently is more than offensive coordinator Mike Martz is willing to tolerate from the 2005 first-round draft pick. More notes and quotes inside.

ALLEN PARK -- Wide receiver Mike Williams thought he might finally get a chance to show what he could do in the Lions offense under game conditions Sunday at Minnesota but one mistake apparently is more than offensive coordinator Mike Martz is willing to tolerate from the 2005 first-round draft pick.

Williams, who was inactive for two of the Lions' five games, got his first throw on a third-and-19 situation in the third quarter. The ball was slightly low but catchable, but he bobbled it momentarily and dropped it.

Even with the receiving corps shorthanded after the loss of Roy Williams on the third play of the game, Mike Williams never got back on the field the rest of the game.

Although Mike Williams has steadfastly refused to criticize either head coach Rod Marinelli or Martz, he obviously is frustrated by his situation.

"It is what it is," he said. "That's kind of how this year has been for me, so you just roll with it. You try to come in and try to work hard, because there's always a reason. There's always a reason that's found for this, that and the other thing.

"You just try to eliminate as many reasons as possible because I'm scrutinized a little closer than others. So I just try to take care of that part of it.

"Whether it's fair or not ... is a question to be asked but it's not what matters. It doesn't matter whether it's fair, that's the way it is. It's frustrating because you see things happen with me and I see it happen in other areas, and it's kind of just overlooked. But that's just what it is."

PLAYER NOTES

  • RG Damien Woody suffered a mid-foot sprain to his left foot in the Lions' 26-17 loss Sunday at Minnesota and was on crutches limping through the locker room on Monday. Woody has not been ruled out for the game Sunday against Buffalo but he admitted the chances of him playing are "pretty bleak right now."
  • WR Roy Williams' chances of playing in the Lions game Sunday against Buffalo won't be known until at least Wednesday because of a stinger he suffered in his upper back during the 26-17 loss Sunday at Minnesota. Williams is the Lions' leading receiver with 26 catches for 391 yards and one touchdown.
  • DT Shaun Cody, one of several Lions starters injured in their 26-17 loss Sunday at Minnesota, was on crutches Monday with what coach Rod Marinelli describe ed as a dislocated big toe. Marinelli said he won't know until at least Wednesday whether Cody will have a chance to play in the upcoming game against Buffalo next Sunday.
  • OG Barry Stokes, who has filled in at guard and tackle when he has been healthy enough to play over a hamstring injury, suffered an ankle injury in the Lions' 26-17 loss Sunday at Minnesota and it is uncertain whether he will be able to play in the upcoming game against Buffalo.
  • OT Jonathan Scott, a rookie lineman who started two games at RT because of injuries on the offensive line, is working at both the RT and LT to gain experience but he could be back in the starting lineup Sunday against Buffalo if neither Rex Tucker (knee) nor Brandon Stokes (hamstring and ankle) is able to play.

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