The Seahawks have addressed their problem at fullback by signing Eddie Williams off the Cleveland Browns’ practice squad, a necessary move because Michael Robinson is out indefinitely after spraining an ankle in Sunday’s season opener against the 49ers in San Francisco.
Robinson was the only fullback on the roster.
To clear a spot on the 53-man roster for Williams, tight end Dominique Byrd was released. Byrd caught seven passes during the preseason to rank second on the team.
The 6-foot-1, 242-pound Williams was a seventh-round draft choice by the Washington Redskins in 2009. He spent time on the active roster as well as the practice squad as a rookie, but was released in March of 2010. He then spent time with the Chicago Bears in 2010 and 2011 and was with the Browns in training camp this summer before being released and signed to the practice squad.
Williams played tight end at Idaho, where he was named team MVP as a senior after catching 54 passes for 687 yards and six touchdowns.
Entering the draft, one scouting service said Williams “looks like a fullback and plays like a receiver.”
The club also made a move with its practice squad, signing tight end Fendi Onobun and releasing guard Brent Osborne.
Onobun (6-6, 249) caught two passes in three games last season for the St. Louis Rams, who had drafted him in the sixth round. After playing basketball for four years at Arizona, Onobun played football at Houston in 2009.