Monday night marked Jamal Adams’ first game with the Seattle Seahawks since Week 1 of the 2022 season. After missing most of last year — and the first three games of this season — with a torn quadriceps tendon, Adams finally returned to the field tonight.
But the veteran safety suffered another injury on Seattle’s first defensive drive. What happened to Adams in Week 4?
Jamal Adams Injury Update
Adams went down after making a tackle on New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones. While Adams brought Jones down, his helmet collided with Jones’ leg.
Adams appeared woozy after going down and soon left the field to be examined in the blue medical tent.
Jamal Adams looked shaky after talking a knee to the head on this play
— Pro Football Network (@PFN365) October 3, 2023
The Seahawks announced Adams was being evaluated for a concussion. He initially came out of the medical tent but then went back in with an NFL concussion official.
Adams was clearly frustrated that he was being removed from the game by the red hat official, technically known as an unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant.
Adams continued to yell and point at the concussion official and even eventually had to be separated from him. He eventually departed for Seattle’s locker room.
Jamal Adams being separated from the NFL red-cap concussion advisor by #Seahawks team staff. Adams yelled and pointed. Eventually led to the Seattle locker room without his helmet
Injured on the 10th play of his return, Giants QB Daniel Jones’ knee to Adams’ helmet pic.twitter.com/2RyHBirB1K
— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) October 3, 2023
The Seahawks subsequently announced that Adams will not return to Monday night’s game.
Seattle has a Week 5 bye, which could give Adams enough time to return for Week 6.
Adams, who joined the Seahawks via trade in 2020 and signed a four-year extension in 2021, initially suffered a torn labrum in Week 12 of the 2021 campaign. He missed the rest of that season as the Seahawks missed the playoffs.
Adams then injured his left quad tendon in 2022’s opening game. After sitting out for the entire season, the 27-year-old admitted he considered retirement.
“I thought about retiring,” Adams said. “I thought about a lot of things. ‘Is this going to be it for me?’ I don’t know.
“But eventually, after I got that MRI, I told myself I’m going to be back.”
What Injuries Did Adams Sustain That Prevented Him From Playing Before Game vs. Giants?
The first ailment began in Week 12 of the 2021 season for Adams. The veteran safety suffered a torn labrum facing Washington on Nov. 29. That injury sidelined him for the rest of the 2021 campaign as the Seahawks missed the playoffs.
Then, on opening night against the Denver Broncos — and with franchise legend quarterback Russell Wilson making his Broncos debut — Adams had another setback. This time, a left quad tendon injury during the second quarter held him out.
At that moment, Adams admitted to feeling some “denial” about his playing status. He told Sky Sports that he admitted to bawling his eyes out thinking about his future in the league.
“I thought about retiring; I thought about a lot of things. ‘Is this going to be it for me? I don’t know,'” Adams said. “But eventually, after I got that MRI, I told myself I’m going to be back.”
Sure enough, the 27-year-old strong safety and three-time Pro Bowler will be making his long-awaited NFL return at MetLife Stadium against the Giants.
With Adams back, the Seahawks set their sights on winning their third straight game to place themselves just one game behind the NFC West division leader, the San Francisco 49ers. Now, they’ll await the extent of the injury to see just how long they will be without him.