Jamal Adams Reveals List of Injuries He Played Through This Season

by Suzanne Halliburton

Jamal Adams, when he took the field in a playoff game earlier this month against the Los Angeles Rams, knew it would be a painful day.

The star safety for the Seattle Seahawks, revealed just how painful during a podcast with host Bill Simmons. He also has told other reporters about the surgeries he needs in the offseason.

Basically, Adams’ left side, from his hand to his shoulder, was pretty useless. He played anyway. After all, this was his first season qualifying for the playoffs.

“I was crushed,” Adams told Simmons. “I knew I would not perform like me in the playoffs. That’s why I felt like I was brought here. …There’s a couple of plays I would’ve made if I was truly, truly healthy.”

ESPN’s SportsCenter tweeted that Adams played through a “torn labrum, an AC joint sprain and a Grade 2 groin sprain.”

Jamal Adams Says He Needs Two Surgeries

After the game, Jamal Adams told the Seattle Times he also said he needed surgeries to repair two fingers on his left hand and left shoulder.

We can all say it with him: ouch, big, big ouch.

“I guess I don’t have any luck on my left side right now,” Adams said, via the Seattle Times.

Adams suffered the torn labrum, which is cartilage in his shoulder joint, in the final week of the regular season against San Francisco. He wore a protective harness in the playoff game.

“I’m not sitting up here and making excuses for anything, but it’s part of the game,” Adams said in a post-game press conference. “There was never no doubt in my mind that I wasn’t going to go out there and attempt to play. I did what I could. … wish I could have done more to help the team win, but obviously things didn’t roll our way. I think we shot ourselves in the foot a lot of times, on both sides of ball, and versus a good team like that you just can’t do it.”

2020 Was a Painful Year For Strong Safety

The 2020 season, Adams’ first with Seattle, was super painful. He missed four games because of a groin strain. He then hurt his shoulder in mid-November.

Adams was part of a huge trade last year involving the New York Jets, who selected him with the sixth pick of the 2017 draft, and the Seahawks. Seattle sent the Jets safety Bradley McDougald, a first- and third-round pick for this year’s draft, and a first-round selection for 2022. The Seahawks received Adams, one of the best strong safeties in the NFL, and a fourth-round selection.

Adams still has one year remaining on the rookie contract he signed in 2018. Will he ask for a long-term deal with Seattle?

“That’s something that is out of my hands right now,” Adams told the media. “I love being a Seattle Seahawk. I love being a part of this organization. So when that time comes, it comes, but I’m worried about getting healthy right now.”

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