With fullback Michael Robinson unavailable for Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh because of a second degree ankle sprain, the Seattle Seahawks signed fullback/tight end Eddie Williams to the 53-man roster, first reported by KXLY TV in Spokane.
In order to make room for Williams on the roster, the team waived tight end Dominique Byrd.
Williams was on Cleveland’s practice squad to begin the season this year.
The Idaho product was a tight end heading into the 2009 draft, selected by Washington in the seventh round.
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Williams spent the first seven weeks of the season on the Redskins practice squad before being elevated to the 53-man roster on November 2.
He was inactive for three games before being placed on injured reserve on November 24.
Released by Washington in March, Williams signed with Chicago and spent the entire 2010 season on the Bears practice squad.
Williams was with the Bears through training camp this year but released during final roster cuts, and signed with Cleveland’s practice squad on September 7.
At 6-foot-1, 239 pounds, Williams finished with 54 catches for 687 yards and six touchdowns his final year at Idaho, earning team MVP honors in 2008.
Williams provides versatility because of his ability to play both tight end and fullback.
The Seahawks also released offensive lineman Brent Osborne from the practice squad and added tight tend Fendi Onobun.