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Patriots release TE D.J. Williams

12.04.13 at 5:23 pm ET
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D.J. Williams, shown here earlier in the season with Jacksonville, was released Wednesday after a week with the Patriots. (AP)

D.J. Williams, shown here earlier in the season with Jacksonville, was released Wednesday after a week with the Patriots. (AP)

FOXBORO — One week after signing him for roster depth, the Patriots Wednesday released tight end D.J. Williams.

The 25-year-old was signed by the Patriots on Nov. 27 and saw limited action in the win last Sunday at Houston, playing four snaps. He was not targeted in the passing game.

The release of Williams comes on the same day that tight end Michael Hoomanawanui returned to practice after missing two games with a knee injury.

Williams played in seven games with one start for Jacksonville this season before being released by the Jaguars on Nov. 4. The 6-foot-2, 245-pounder originally entered the NFL as a fifth-round draft pick (101st overall) by Green Bay out of Arkansas in 2011. Williams was waived by Green Bay on Aug. 31, 2013, and claimed off waivers and awarded to Jacksonville on Sept. 1, 2013. He has played in 34 NFL games with three starts and has nine receptions for 70 yards.

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