Pats release TE Williams

The Patriots released veteran tight end D.J. Williams on Wednesday, one week after he was signed.

Williams, who played three offensive snaps in the team's Week 13 win over Houston, provided depth and insurance while the team was without Michael Hoomanawanui, who returned to practice Wednesday after missing two games due to a knee injury.

With Hoomanawanui back in the mix, the Patriots have three players at tight end, led by Rob Gronkowski. Veteran Matthew Mulligan is the team's other backup.

Originally a fifth-round pick out of Arkansas in 2011, Williams has also spent time with the Jaguars during his pro career.

The Patriots now have one vacant spot on their active roster.