Jamal Adams, the Seattle Seahawks safety man, is expected to miss the rest of the NFL season after injuring his quadriceps tendon in the team’s opener, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
The Seahawks placed Adams on injured reserve Thursday and signed defenseman Teez Tabor from the Atlanta Falcons practice team to fill his spot on their 53-man roster.
Adams and the Seahawks believed the three-time Pro Bowl selection faced a bounce-back campaign after a disappointing 2021 season in which he was kept without a sack in 12 games. But any chance of that ended in the second quarter of Seattle’s 17-16 win over the Denver Broncos on Monday night, when Adams was carted off the field after injuring himself while blitzing former teammate Russell Wilson.
Coach Pete Carroll called it a “serious” injury after the game and said on his weekly radio show on Seattle Sports 710 AM Tuesday morning that Adams “needs to work on it,” though he stopped declaring Adams’ season was over shortly after.
NFL Network first reported Thursday that Adams would have surgery at the end of the season.
Adams limped off the field in obvious pain and heavily favored his left leg after applying pressure and a punch to Wilson that helped force a third fault. After the examination in the medical tent, he was helped onto an injured person’s trolley. Adams was visibly upset and at one point seemed to burst out in frustration as he was wheeled into the dressing room.
Carroll said the injury was Adams’ quadriceps tendon, which attaches the quadriceps muscle to the top of the kneecap.
“The fact that he’s such a heartthrob about the game of football, he loves to play and he just can’t handle it right now, ‘how did this go on?'” Carroll said on his radio show. “It was good that he really had his mum and dad in the dressing room during the game when he was there to kind of help him through all of that, but it was really tough. I hope everyone sends him love. “
Adams had three tackles and defended a pass before his injury. Josh Jones replaced him for the remainder of the game. Seattle also has Ryan Neal as a security option. Neal made four starts in 2020 while Adams was out with a groin injury. Tabor, 26, played safety last season with the Chicago Bears under defensive coordinator Sean Desai, now on the Seattle defensive staff.
Adams missed just two games in his first three seasons with the New York Jets, but then missed nine games in his first two seasons with the Seahawks — four in 2020 and the last five last season after suffering another labrum tear pulled his shoulder and needed surgery. Adams missed time early in training camp this summer after fracturing the middle finger on his left hand again, another injury he’s been dealing with in the past. He’s had finger surgeries in each of the last two offseasons.
Adams and the Seahawks were hoping Seattle’s new defense — with its emphasis on split-safety looks — would put him in position for a rebound. During his stellar debut season in Seattle in 2020, Adams set the NFL record for sacks by a defenseman with a 9.5, earning him his third straight Pro Bowl nod. But then came his zero-sack 2021 season, which ended after 12 games when he refunded his shoulder labrum.
Speaking for the first time since his last finger injury last week, Adams said Seattle’s new defense puts him “in a position to make games.”
“I’m back in my element, man,” he said. “I feel like I’m playing in defense again.”
The Seahawks acquired Adams from the Jets in 2020 for a package that included first-round picks in 2021 and 2022. They signed him to a four-year, $70 million extension last summer, which made him the NFL’s highest-paid safety at the time.