Tampa Bay wideout Mike Williams — the guy who leads all NFL rookies in receiving yards — was arrested on a DUI charge early Friday morning. According to the initial reports, his blood-alcohol level was actually below the state's legal limit, but he was speeding, weaving, and he failed a field sobriety test. And then there's this nugget from the St. Petersburg Times:
A urine test was conducted and results are pending, he said. A urine test is done if a deputy suspects a driver is impaired by a substance other than alcohol, McKinnon said.
Troubling news, obviously.
Adam Schefter offered a favorable spin on Friday morning, however, tweeting that, "Williams volunteered a urine test to prove innocence." Schefter also initially reported that the receiver would travel with the team and start against San Francisco. But then he later, um … de-tweeted that news (contra-tweeted?), reporting something very different. Either way, we've already had more urine-related discussion than anyone needs. Apologies.
Fantasy owners might just want to give rookie second-rounder Arrelious Benn(notes) a look today, no matter how the Williams story ultimately plays out. Benn has found the end zone for Tampa in back-to-back games, yet he's just four percent-owned.
• Joseph Addai(notes) (neck/shoulder) was a limited participant in practice on Thursday, and receivers Reggie Wayne(notes) (knee), Austin Collie(notes) (head) and Blair White(notes) (shoulder) each put in full days. We should note that Collie hasn't yet cleared all the necessary post-concussion hurdles, so his status for the New England game remains murky. Details via the Indianapolis Star:
Collie passed the necessary neuro-psychological tests earlier this week and was cleared to practice. But he still must gain medical clearance from team physicians and an independent consultant before he's allowed to play against the Patriots.
"It's a progression," [coach Jim] Caldwell said. "You can practice and see if there are any symptoms that return … and move forward from there. (Doctors) constantly monitor and check and they'll let us know when … he's ready to go."
For a second straight day, the Colts did not make Collie available to the media, which is in violation of the NFL's access policy.
Hopefully we'll have some clarity on Collie's situation before Mr. Pianowski files the post-practice injury wrap. Addai could very well be a game-time call, and the Colts-Pats game play a late game on Sunday.
• Brandon Marshall(notes) caught three passes for 41 yards in Thursday night's loss, but he dropped a couple others. He also drew an inane 15-yard taunting penalty, and he was a spectator in the second half after aggravating a hamstring injury. Marshall wasn't even in uniform when the Dolphins returned from the locker room at halftime, so the hamstring problem is clearly more than a nuisance. Tyler Thigpen(notes) really had no chance on Thursday, playing behind a battered line in a short week, without Miami's best receiver. He was burdened by a curious game-plan, too. This from the Miami Herald:
Running backs Ronnie Brown(notes) and Ricky Williams(notes) combined for just six carries and 11 yards. Even against the No. 2 rushing defense in the league, it was a surprise to see such a limited devotion to the ground game considering Miami was down to its third-string quarterback. Even linebacker Brian Urlacher(notes) was expecting more.
"They didn't even have any Wildcat," Urlacher said. "We prepared for that thing, and they didn't run it. So, thank you."
• On Thursday, Oakland head coach Tom Cable didn't quite declare that tight end Zach Miller (foot) would return in Week 11, but his comments were at least hopeful. Cable is reportedly "very encouraged," which should obviously please Zach's army of loyalists.
• Arizona's Beanie Wells(notes) (knee) is expected to "see a lot of plays" this week in the match-up with Kansas City, according to his head coach. "They haven't seen me at 100 percent yet," said the running back who has never, in his life, been better than 80 percent.
• Ryan Mathews(notes) hasn't practiced for San Diego since aggravating his ankle injury, yet for some reason he's optimistic about his chances to play on Monday night. The San Diego Union Tribune reports that he may return, though only in "certain packages with which he is most familiar." That doesn't make me regret the decision not to rank him. Sounds like another Mike Tolbert(notes) week. Antonio Gates(notes) (feet) still sounds like a game-time decision, so if you've been relying on him, you'll want to have Randy McMichael(notes) on call.
• Against my better judgment, I've agreed to participate in this contest. Obviously you can't actually beat me — I'm an accredited expert, skilled in the fantasy arts. But you're welcome to battle for second place. Good luck, gamers.
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