SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - As Kyle Williams suits up for his first game in more than nine months, he will pull the No. 10 San Francisco 49ers jersey over a new No. 81 tattoo on his inner left forearm honoring a former teammate.
Williams added the fresh ink during the offseason as a tribute to an Arizona State teammate, Tyrice Thompson, who died Feb. 2 from injuries suffered when he was stabbed Jan. 27 while working at a popular Scottsdale, Ariz., nightclub. Williams will play in Thompson's honor this year - the fourth-year pro's return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee that required surgery and ended his 2012 season in late November.
Now, the 25-year-old Williams has a chance to be San Francisco's No. 2 wide receiver opposite Anquan Boldin.
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