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Williams Eyes Preseason Action

Posted Aug 19, 2013

The fourth-year wideout has hopes of making his exhibition debut on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

If you’ve seen Kyle Williams wearing an ear-piece and a ball cap on the sideline at the 49ers first two preseason games, no, he has not been promoted to assistant coach.

San Francisco’s heady fourth-year wideout has been held back in games but is nearing his return to the field. Williams, who tore the ACL in his left knee on Nov. 25 and underwent surgery, was a full-go at practice on Sunday, running routes and catching balls.

“I feel like myself again after so long of being hampered by this thing or that thing,” Williams said before Monday's practice. “I’m itching to be out there. It’s killing me not to be out there.”

Williams said the decision on when he makes his preseason debut is not in his hands. Team doctors, trainers and Jim Harbaugh, who has said Williams is a known quantity on the field, will make that call in advance of Sunday's hosting of the Minnesota Vikings.

“We’ll see what they say,” Williams said. “It’s one of those situations where you want to real bad, but you also got to be smart and weigh risk versus reward. Honestly, I would love to go out there and get my feet wet.”

Williams recorded 14 receptions, including one touchdown, in 11 games last season before his injury. With offseason additions Anquan Boldin and Marlon Moore, he is one the 49ers top three wideouts according to Harbaugh. Other than reserve Chad Hall, Williams is the only returner at the position.

The Arizona State product is also in competition on the the 49ers special teams units. Looking at the last depth chart released by the team, Williams is currently behind second-year running back LaMichael James at the punt and kickoff returner slots.

“It’s not going to be a situation where if I don’t play in the preseason, I won’t be ready,” Williams said. “You got to adapt and find ways to get ready.”


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