RENTON – Seahawks Safety Jamal Adams will soon undergo surgery to repair a knee injury involving a damaged quadriceps tendon and then undergo other lengthy forms of rehabilitation.
But before he embarked on the challenge — the second year in a row that he has sustained a season-ending injury and the third had major surgery — Adams stopped by the VMAC to speak with his teammates on the eve of their trip to San Francisco on Sunday.
Adams was escorted into a wheelchair to give a speech after team training.
“It was great to reconnect with him, everyone,” said coach Pete Carroll.
Carroll revealed that after Adams was injured in the second quarter on Monday night, he demanded to stay in and watch the rest of what turned out to be a 17-16 win over Russell Wilson and the Broncos.
“(They) were trying to get him off the field and he was in the box or something,” Carroll said. “I got a chance to watch the end and he was crazy at the end with the way the defense played and all that.”
Carroll said that was a lot of what Adams conveyed to the team on Friday.
“It finally showed up on us there,” Carroll said. “He had the opportunity to speak to the entire crew and he is a loyal guy and let it out. He told the players what he was thinking and how grateful he was for the win.”
Rising linebacker Kobe Bryant, whose wardrobe is next to Adams, said: “This is my big brother, so I was happy to see him more than anything, see he has a positive. Obviously it’s hard to see him like that. Obviously I wanted to play with him that’s it. year, but things happen for a reason and I know he will come back and get better.”
An injury and surgery are expected to rule Adams out for the remainder of the season. However, Carroll won’t stick to that just saying “I don’t know” when asked if there is a chance of Adams returning this year. “I don’t know how far from that is,” he said when asked about the timeline.
With Adams out, Josh Jones will join Quander Diggs at the start of the Seattle safety, and Ryan Neal is expected to move into the third safety role that Jones was expected to fill when Adams was healthy.
Despite this, the depth of safety in Seattle became more problematic late in the week when rookie Joey Blount straightened his hamstrings in practice on Thursday. The Seahawks listed him as questionable for Sunday’s game, but Carroll said “it’s going to be tough for him to make it this weekend.”
That means Teez Tabor, who was signed by the Seahawks on Thursday, could be active for Sunday’s game as a fourth player for the safety and special teams.
Tabor, a second-round pick for the Lions in 2017, played the cornerback in his first four years in the NFL until he turned safe last year with the Bears when Seahawks assistant defense coach, Sean Desai, was the defensive coordinator. for Chicago.
Tabor was on the Atlanta coaching staff and said he had a chance to sign with the Falcons’ active roster this week but decided to sign with Seattle instead, calling it a “leap of faith” to join Desai with the Seahawks and play as well. Carol, who said he’s been a fan of him for a long time.
“Sean knew him well,” Carroll said. “He knows the system, and that was a big deal. We were looking for someone if someone had to come and help us right away, we wanted someone from the system if we could. Luckily, we were able to swing by” .
Aside from Blount, the only other two players included in the Seattle Game Status report are Justin Coleman (calf) and Artie Burns (thigh). Burns has dealt with a groin injury since early in training camp and is likely to be out another week with Carroll saying “it will be difficult” for him to be back by Sunday.
That would seem to mean Seattle’s key players will once again have rookies Tariq Wolin and Michael Jackson with Sidney Jones IV also poised to launch – the same trio that played in the outdoor spots against Denver.
It looks like whether or not Coleman will play.
Coleman first appeared on the injury report as limited on Thursday and then was suspended on Friday, with Carroll saying: “He just felt his calf tighten a little bit (Thursday) and he thought he was fine, he wanted to finish training, and we took him out.”
Carroll said Coleman took “a few pictures” on Friday afternoon but they haven’t returned yet when Carroll spoke to the media so he had no update.
If the photos reveal anything significant, the Seahawks will have to explore other options at Nickel. It could be Jones, who played big nickels earlier in his career with the Eagles, even though he’s been mostly out of the corner since coming to Seattle a year ago.
Seattle could also go with Bryant, who was the replacement for Coleman.
Coleman started against Denver and played 51 of 66 defensive shots, all but four with nickels, according to Pro Football Focus.
Bryant, a fourth-round pick from Cincinnati, played only two shots, both on a nickel, but didn’t play after being battered in man coverage for what turned out to be Denver’s only touchdown—a 67-yard pass from Wilson to Jerry Goody in the second quarter.
Bryant said Friday that Wilson saw that the Seahawks were in the men’s cover when linebacker Cody Barton followed the move back, and also noted that Bryant was in Jeudy, “so he took a shot.” “Just going back to the movie and learning this afterwards is what will make me better, so I know when I see that later, I can go do a play,” Bryant said.
“Don’t lose your leverage, that’s the important thing about that,” defensive coordinator Clint Hurt said this week during Jody’s touchdown. “My look, they caught us in something in there and played really well. I hate it for a kid, but I know he has the mental fortitude to bounce back and we’ll be fine.
Left goalkeeper Damien Lewis has been allowed to play after he missed the Denver game with an ankle/knee injury. But Carroll hedged when asked if that meant he would return to the starting line-up ahead of Phil Hines, who played against the Broncos.
– Receiver Tyler Lockett handled Denver’s only kick in the game, and earned a fair win in the second quarter, although Dee Eskridge is still listed as a kickoff returner. It was only the second time she had returned from a penalty since 2019 for Lockett, who was the team’s regular return from 2015 to 2019. Carroll indicated that Lockett would continue to return kicks. “He’s a great pickup and a great decision maker again,” Carroll said. “…He will make great choices and decisions and it will be difficult for these guys to cover if he gets his work back there. We will see what happens when we get to match time.”
– 49 players scored tight end George Kittel, who missed the opening game against the Bears, as questionable due to a thigh injury. Kittle had nine receptions for 181 yards and two touchdowns when the 49ers and Seahawks last played, winning Seattle 30-23 at Lumen Field last December 5. Carroll said the Seahawks are preparing as if Kittle is going to play. “We respect everything about him, and he’s a squad maker if he’s playing,” Carroll said.