Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams suffers ‘serious’ quad tendon injury, carted off

SEATTLE — Seahawks safety Jamal Adams was carted off by coach Pete Carroll with a serious injury to his left quadriceps tendon in the second quarter of Monday night’s 17-16 win over the Denver Broncos.

Adams was injured after blitzing former teammate Russell Wilson earlier in the second quarter, applying pressure and scoring a goal that helped force a third incompletion. Adams limped away in obvious pain. 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 when he was wheeled into the dressing room and didn’t return.

“I think his quadriceps tendon got a bit damaged last night,” Carroll said. “He got hurt. So it’s a serious injury.”

Adams had three tackles and one pass defended before his injury – which was almost intercepted. 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 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 lip flap that required surgery. He 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.

Adams and the Seahawks were hoping Seattle’s new defense — with its emphasis on split-safety looks — would put him in position for a bounce-back season. He set the NFL’s sack record in a season for a defensive back in 2020 with 9.5 and then went 12 games without a sack last year before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury.

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 New York 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. Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams suffers ‘serious’ quad tendon injury, carted off

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