Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams is ruled out for Week 1 against the Los Angeles Rams, coach Pete Carroll said during a radio appearance Friday. Here’s what you need to know:
- Adams, 27, suffered a torn quadricep tendon in the first game of last season and underwent surgery.
- The Seahawks activated Adams off the PUP list on Aug. 24, which indicated the team expected him to miss fewer than four games.
- Carroll said Friday that the team is “not going to push him” to rush back. Adams has yet to practice since being activated from the PUP list, only taking part in walk-throughs.
- Entering his fourth season in Seattle, Adams is a three-time Pro Bowler and was first-team All-Pro in 2019.
The Athletic’s instant analysis:
What this means for Seattle
The Seahawks have been planning for life without Adams since signing veteran free agent Julian Love to a $12 million contract in March. Love has been the starter opposite Quandre Diggs throughout camp and the team is confident Love can adequately fill in for Adams for as long as they need. — Dugar
What Carroll said
“If you watched him work out you would not think that he couldn’t go. He’s really working hard at it,” Carroll said of Adams. “We’ve got to make sure that when he’s back he stays back. We’re going to be really careful with how we do that. It’s a long season. There’s a tremendous amount of season ahead, (so) whether it’s the first couple games or whatever, I’m not worried about it.”
Carroll also addressed rookie cornerback Devon Witherspoon’s status Friday, saying “it might be a race” to get the No. 5 pick ready for Week 1 as he deals with a hamstring injury. Witherspoon has not practiced since Aug. 7.
Adams, selected by the New York Jets with the No. 6 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, made 12 starts in 2021. He logged 87 combined tackles, 56 solo, two interceptions and five pass breakups.
Adams’ three straight Pro Bowl campaigns came from 2018 to 2020, when he racked up 206 solo tackles, 22 pass breakups and six forced fumbles.
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