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Originally published July 13, 2012 at 2:03 PM | Page modified July 13, 2012 at 10:48 PM

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Seahawks release receiver Mike Williams

Mike Williams, a veteran receiver who struggled with injuries last season, was released Friday by the Seahawks. Williams led the team with 65 receptions in 2010.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Mike Williams won't get the chance to make a second comeback in Seattle.

The Seahawks released the wide receiver on Friday, ending Williams' two-year run with the team that started out so well in 2010 before eroding due to injuries last year.

Williams caught 65 passes for Seattle in 2010, resuscitating a career that had flatlined.

The No. 10 pick overall in the 2005 draft, he played for three teams his first three years in the NFL. Williams was overweight and out of the league entirely by 2008 before beginning his comeback in Seattle under Pete Carroll, who had coached Williams at USC.

He was one of the biggest surprises in a 2010 Seahawks season that included an unexpected playoff victory over New Orleans, the defending Super Bowl champion. Williams led the Seahawks in catches, then scored three touchdowns in the team's two playoff games, a franchise postseason scoring record.

The encore wasn't nearly so enjoyable for Williams. He caught four passes in the 2011 season opener, and that turned out to be the high point of his year. After three games, quarterback Tarvaris Jackson had more yards rushing than Williams had receiving. Williams finished with 18 catches.

He struggled with toe and hamstring injuries and also battled a sore knee before suffering in December a season-ending leg injury, which required surgery.

Williams' recovery was slow. He underwent a second procedure this spring and was unable to participate during the Seahawks' offseason practices. Carroll said last month that Williams was close to being recovered. Turns out Williams' recovery was a prelude to Friday's release.

Williams, 28, could not be reached for comment. He was going to be paid $3 million in salary in 2012.

"We would like to thank Mike for his contributions over the past two seasons, and we wish him well in the future," said Seahawks general manager John Schneider in a statement.

The Seahawks have Sidney Rice as their No. 1 receiver, and Doug Baldwin and Golden Tate emerged last season. Seattle also has veterans like Ben Obomanu and Deon Butler as well as promising young prospects like Ricardo Lockette and Kris Durham.

Danny O'Neil: 206-464-2364 or doneil@seattletimes.com.

On Twitter @dannyoneil

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