Jesse Williams, recovering from cancer, activated off the non-football-injury list

Third-year defensive tackle Jesse Williams has yet to play in an NFL game, but is ready to resume his career despite a cancer diagnosis this spring. AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks training camp has plenty of interesting stories. Former Army Green Beret Nate Boyer is trying to make the team as a long-snapper. Safety Earl Thomas came off the physically unable to perform list ahead of schedule.

But Thursday’s news was more amazing. Defensive tackle Jesse Williams, recovering from cancer and the removal of a kidney, was activated from the non-football-injury list and was on the field in uniform.

"It’s a very, very long process," said Williams, who did not practice. "I can control my mindset and how I come out here and work. That’s what I’m going to do. Come out here and do what I need to do and show the coaches."

Williams was only able to run through the individual drills, but said he's ready to play now if the team lets him.

Thomas, activated off the physically unable to perform list, did not practice Thursday. He’s coming off major shoulder surgery. As expected, he’s going to be eased into practice.