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The Seahawks on Wednesday officially re-signed third-year defensive tackle Jesse Williams, who had been waived in a procedural move in early March.

Williams, a fifth-round pick out of Alabama in 2013, has yet to play for Seattle while battling knee injuries the past two years, spending each season on Injured Reserve.

He was waived so that the team could re-sign him to a split contract in which he will get less money if he again lands on Injured Reserve.

“We are going to sign him back,” Seattle general manager John Schneider said at the NFL League Meetings last week. “We put him through waivers. He’s been injured so he was getting into the third year of his contract where he was not going to have a split so we needed to waive him get him trough and then do another contract in case he gets hurt again. … he’s had a umber of injures so we had to protect the club.’’

Williams told an Australian newspaper last month that he is now healthy.

“I’m all good now,” Williams was quoted as saying.  “I have had a few minor knee surgeries but I think it has been taken a bit out of context by the media. I’m enjoying it and hopefully I can do it for a couple more years.”

So add Williams to the mix of players Seattle has battling for time at the defensive tackle spots that includes returning starters Tony McDaniel (three-technique) and Brandon Mebane (nose) as well as D’Anthony Smith, Jordan Hill, Jimmy Staten and free agent signee Ahtyba Rubin (as well as some of the guys listed as ends who can also play inside).