San Francisco waived the fourth-year pro on Tuesday afternoon as part of three moves that also included the activation of linebacker
RELEASE: 49ers Activate LB Moody
Williams, who was listed atop the team’s unofficial depth chart alongside
In 38 games (nine starts) spread over three-plus seasons with the 49ers, who selected him in the 2010 Draft’s sixth round, Williams recorded 47 receptions. He caught three of his four career touchdowns during his 20-catch sophomore campaign in 2011.
Williams opened this season as a starter 287 days after tearing the ACL in his knee in Week 12 of last year. He was voted the team's recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award for 2012.
Manningham made his season debut on Sunday – he caught three passes for 30 yards – after undergoing left knee surgery last winter.
Patton has been inactive since Week 5. The rookie suffered a fracture in his foot during the Week 4 win at St. Louis. Last week, he had his protective walking boot removed, and Jim Harbaugh said he expected the Louisiana Tech product to play again this season.
The team is also expecting the return of
After cutting Cox, who was made expendable with the addition of free agent
Harbaugh could find himself short an end if starter