Williams stays focused on future

Roy Williams didn't necessarily finish 2007 the way he had hoped, but injuries, losses, and a dock in his statistics hasn't hampered the receiver's hopes.

Roy Williams didn't necessarily finish 2007 the way he had hoped, but injuries, losses, and a dock in his statistics hasn't hampered the receiver's hopes.

Williams was placed on IR earlier this week, a move made once it was determined that the Lions were no longer in contention for the post-season.

Williams suffered a sprained knee Dec. 2 at Minnesota but stayed on the active roster -- initially.

"You don't want me healthy on the sideline and we're playing against Tampa Bay in Round 1 of the playoffs," he said. But now that the Lions have been eliminated, Williams is on injured reserve.

"They made the call, but it's pretty simple," he said. "It's pretty easy. There's no need for me to play and risk myself going out there tearing something else for nothing."

Although he had Pro Bowl numbers a year ago, many anticipated another stellar campaign for the four-year starter. Instead, he finished with just 63 catches, 836 yards and five touchdowns.

Williams has one more year remaining on his rookie deal signed in 2004. He expects to return to Detroit in 2009.

"Oh, yeah," he said. "I wish I would have had a pretty good year this year that maybe we could have done something this year. But we got next year, locked up until next year.

"I'm just going to play my hardest and see what happens."


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