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49ers Waive Kyle Williams, Move on at WR

Posted Nov 12, 2013

The departure of the fourth-year wideout leaves San Francisco with fluid options at the pass-catching positions.

Kyle Williams’ tenure as a 49ers wide receiver and returner is over.

San Francisco waived the fourth-year pro on Tuesday afternoon as part of three moves that also included the activation of linebacker Nick Moody and the waiving of cornerback Perrish Cox.

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Williams, who was listed atop the team’s unofficial depth chart alongside Anquan Boldin, had been replaced in the starting lineup. And on special teams, running backs LaMichael James and Anthony Dixon split the punt and kickoff returning duties on Sunday.

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.

Without the Arizona State product going forward, Boldin, Mario Manningham, Jon Baldwin, Quinton Patton and Kassim Osgood fill out San Francisco’s wideout corps.

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 Michael Crabtree, who remains on the PUP List. Crabtree was cleared to practice last Tuesday. Regarding Crabtree’s availability to play on Sunday in New Orleans, Harbaugh said on Monday, “We’ll see.”

After cutting Cox, who was made expendable with the addition of free agent Eric Wright, the 49ers now have a vacancy on their 53-man roster. Whether the spot is filled with a wide receiver or a tight end remains to be seen.

Harbaugh could find himself short an end if starter Vernon Davis (concussion) and Garrett Celek (hamstring) aren’t fit to play against the Saints. Both suffered their injuries in the defeat to the Carolina Panthers and underwent tests on Monday.

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