The Seahawks have waived wide receiver Stephen Williams and activated linebacker Bruce Irvin, the team announced Saturday.
Irvin is returning from a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Irvin, in his second year, played solely as a pass-rushing defensive end last year, but the Seahawks moved him to linebacker in order to get him on the field more and take advantage of his athleticism.
He hasn’t been able to practice with the team during his suspension, and it’s unclear how expansive his role will be in his first game back. He practiced with Seattle this week.
Williams was one of the surprise players of the preseason, using his height to haul in big catches throughout training camp and in preseason games. That ability allowed him to make the team, but he hasn’t caught a pass in his limited time during the season’s first four games. He had one good chance in the season-opener against Carolina, but he couldn’t hold on to the ball.