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Reuters, Published March 24 2014

NFL receiver Williams victim of stabbing

Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams was hospitalized Sunday with a stab wound in his thigh, and his brother is a suspect in the case, the Hillsborough County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office told multiple media outlets.

The police were searching for Williams' brother Sunday, a police spokeswoman said. There is an arrest warrant on charges of aggravated assault/domestic violence for Eric Baylor, 23, for allegedly stabbing his brother in the left thigh with a kitchen knife.

The Buccaneers released a statement: "We are aware of the situation that occurred at the residence of Mike Williams and are working with him and the authorities to get additional information. While we have limited knowledge at this time, our primary concern is for the safety and well-being of all involved. We will refrain from further comment until we can get a better understanding of the situation."

Mike Williams, 26, went to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa for treatment, and the Tampa Tribune reported that the injury wasn't life-threatening.

The stabbing continues a troubling year for Williams. He faces misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and trespassing in connection with a December incident, and he faces a lawsuit related to difficulties with his neighbors.

The wide receiver played just six games last season before suffering a season-ending hamstring injury. He finished with 22 receptions for 216 yards and two touchdowns.

Williams made 52 starts in four seasons since he was Tampa Bay's fourth-round pick out of Syracuse. He averaged 64 catches for 910 yards and eight touchdowns over his first three years with the Buccaneers.