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Sam Williams | Linebacker

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (37) / 7/28/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 260
College: Fresno State
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 3 (83) / OAK

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Raiders re-signed LB Sam Williams.
Williams has been on Al Davis scholarship since entering the league as a third-round reach in '03. He's strictly a special teamer, and not very good at that. Sat, Jul 30, 2011 06:50:00 PM

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Raiders OLB Sam Williams suffered a concussion in Thursday's preseason opener.

Williams is trying to make the team as a reserve linebacker and special teamer. He'll likely try to push the doctors to get him back on the field quickly.
Fri, Aug 13, 2010 08:27:00 AM

Raiders re-signed OLB Sam Williams.

Williams, 30, appeared in all 16 games last year, making two spot starts and recording 19 tackles. He'll focus on special teams if he makes the club.
Mon, Apr 12, 2010 06:58:00 PM

Raiders re-signed OLB Sam Williams.

Williams, 29, has been on scholarship in Oakland ever since Al Davis traded up for him in the 2003 third round. The move hasn't exactly paid off. Williams has been injury prone and has just one sack in his nondescript career.
Thu, Apr 2, 2009 09:55:00 AM

Both Sam Williams and Robert Thomas have been seeing first team reps at strongside linebacker for the Raiders.

The disappointing Williams lost the starting job to Thomas last season, but it appears the Al Davis pet project may get a chance to earn it back.
Wed, Jun 4, 2008 11:39:00 AM

Raiders re-signed LB Sam Williams to a one-year, $700,000 contract.

Another move with Al Davis' fingerprints all over it. Williams, a former third-round choice, was originally picked to play rush linebacker in Oakland's then 3-4. He's rarely been healthy since, and lost his job on the strong side to Robert Thomas in 2007. The Raiders aren't going overboard with Williams' contract, but they probably should've given up here sometime ago.
Wed, Jan 30, 2008 01:19:00 PM

Raiders SLB Sam Williams will leave the field when coordinator Rob Ryan employs his "Wolverine" package this season.

Wolverine consists of three safeties and two linebackers behind the defensive line. Donovin Darius, Stu Schweigert, and Michael Huff will be the safeties, with linebackers Thomas Howard and Kirk Morrison staying on the field. Williams could lose his job during the season to Robert Thomas.
Sun, Aug 12, 2007 12:17:00 PM

Raiders SLB Sam Williams (ankle) is unlikely to play in Week 2.

Williams missed practice all week. Starting CB Nnamdi Asomugha (foot) will also likely be out. Oakland's defense could be in trouble Sunday.
Sat, Sep 16, 2006 10:06:00 AM

Sam Williams is expected to start at strong-side linebacker in '06.

Finally some Raiders news! Williams missed last season with a torn ACL. Oakland's LB corps, which appears to have Danny Clark on the bench, should be improved this season.
Fri, Jul 21, 2006 10:20:00 AM

Raiders starting OLB Sam Williams will miss the 2005 season with a torn ACL.

Williams has yet to finish a season in his three-year career. Grant Irons steps into the starting role, but rookie third-rounder Kirk Morrison could end up earning more playing team.
Fri, Aug 19, 2005 09:39:00 AM

Raiders linebacker Sam Williams will play his first game of the season today.

He had labrum surgery during training camp. He'll play mostly on special teams.
Fri, Oct 15, 2004 10:46:00 AM

Raiders linebacker Sam Williams is expected to return from labrum sugery on October 17th.

Williams is a key member to Oakland's special teams.
Sat, Oct 9, 2004 12:16:00 PM

Labrum surgery will not keep linebacker Sam Williams out for the year, coach Norv Turner said.

The estimate for his recovery is six weeks, "if that, depending on how it goes," Turner said, adding that Williams won't be placed on IR.
Fri, Aug 20, 2004 10:08:00 AM

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