The 49ers are expected to release receiver Kyle Williams, who was relieved of his returner duties in Sunday's loss to the Panthers and who has made little impact this season as a receiver. A league source said the transaction could occur as soon as today. Sirius XM's Adam Caplan first reported the pending transaction.
The 49ers are expected to add rookie linebacker Nick Moody to the active roster this week and would need a roster spot to complete that move
Williams was leading the league in fair catches and had a blunder-filled outing against the Jaguars in Week 8. LaMichael James took over on punt returns, taking back three for 35 yards. Anthony Dixon handled kickoff returns. The only time Dixon ventured from the end zone, however, turned out to be a mistake - he was stopped at the 12-yard line at the end of the game.
Williams, 25, has started five games at receiver this year but ranks fourth on the team in receptions (10) and fifth in receiving yards with 113. The team added one wideout, Mario Manningham, to the lineup Sunday and expects to have another, Michael Crabtree, by the start of December. To this point, the 49ers have gotten very little production from any receiver other than Anquan Boldin, and Boldin and tight end Vernon Davis are the only 49ers with touchdown catches through the first nine weeks of the season.
Williams became infamous in January 2012 after he fumbled away two punt returns in the NFC Championship game, the second of which led to the Giants' game-winning field goal in overtime. To his credit, Williams fought back from that low point with determination and dignity, made the team the last two seasons and has not turned the ball over in the last one and a half seasons.
-- Matt Barrows