Safety Jamal Adams suffered a concussion on the first series of the Seahawks’ 24-3 victory over the New York Giants on Monday night, ending his eagerly anticipated return and igniting a furious exchange on the sidelines.
Adams, who was making his return to the field after rupturing his left quad tendon in the first game of last season, received a knee to the helmet while attempting to tackle an evasive Daniel Jones.
Adams is well, according to coach Pete Carroll, and should be able to play when the Seahawks return from their bye week in Week 6 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
On the game’s ninth play, Adams was hurt. He lay motionless on the ground for a time before attempting to stand up.
With the assistance of a team staff member on either side, he went off the field still seeming unsteady.
A few minutes later, amid a chaotic situation on the Seahawks’ sideline, Adams emerged from the medical tent and erupted in rage. He was restrained by the team’s chief athletic trainer and two Seahawks security personnel while ranting at one of the NFL’s independent neurotrauma experts.
Adams continued to be agitated as he was being led off the field. Before entering the tunnel, he stopped momentarily to converse with an apparent heckler and gave a high-five to a Seahawks supporter sporting a No. 33 Adams jersey.
The Seahawks suffered injuries on Monday night, losing guards Phil Haynes and Damien Lewis, nose tackle Jarran Reed, and four starters going into the game.
Lewis left foot was in a walking boot after the game due to an ankle sprain. Haynes made his calf ailment, which he has been suffering with for a few weeks, worse. Carroll did not address how long they might be out of commission.
Since the Seahawks acquired him in a splashy trade with the New York Jets in 2020, the 27-year-old Adams had missed 28 of a possible 53 regular-season games due to injuries.
He mentioned all the issues he had to cope with over the previous three seasons, including two torn shoulder labrums, when he claimed last week that he momentarily but legitimately thought about retirement having ruptured his quad tendon in Week 1 of the previous season.
Before leaving the game, Adams had two tackles and came close to sacking Jones during the opening drive.