SEATTLE — Seahawks safety Jamal Adams was discharged in the second quarter of Monday night’s 17-16 win over the Denver Broncos with what coach Pete Carroll deemed a serious injury to his left quadriceps tendon.
Adams was injured after tricking former team-mate Russell Wilson early in the second quarter, applying pressure and a goal that helped force a third-down incomplete. Adams stumbled from the obvious pain. After being examined in the medical tent, he was helped onto an injury cart. Adams was visibly upset and at one point appeared to burst into frustration when he was herded into the dressing room and never came back.
“I think his quadricep tendon is a bit damaged tonight,” said Carroll. “He was injured. So it’s a serious injury.”
Adams had defended three tackles and a pass – which was nearly intercepted – before his injury. Josh Jones replaced him for the rest of the match. Seattle also has Ryan Neal as a safety option. Neal made four starts in 2020, while Adams was sidelined with a groin injury.
Adams missed a total of nine games in his first two seasons with the Seahawks, including the last five last year after suffering another torn shoulder labrum that required surgery. He missed time early in training camp this summer after breaking the middle finger of his left hand again, another injury he has had in the past.
Adams and the Seahawks hoped Seattle’s new defense — with an emphasis on split safety looks — would put him in position for a season of recovery. He set the NFL’s one-season sack record for a defensive back with 9.5 in 2020, then went on to go without a sack in 12 games last year before sustaining a shoulder injury at the end of the season.
Speaking last week for the first time since his last finger injury, Adams said Seattle’s new defense “puts him in position to make plays”.
“I’m back in my element, man,” he said. “I feel like I’m defending again.”
The Seahawks acquired Adams from the New York Jets in 2020 for a package that includes first-round selections in 2021 and 2022. They signed him last summer to a four-year, $70 million extension, making him the NFL’s highest-paid security. used to be.