RENTON, WA — The Seattle Seahawks activated safety Jamal Adams from the physically unable to perform list Thursday, an important step in his return from surgery to repair a torn quadriceps tendon.
Adams isn’t ready to train yet, but his exit from the PUP allows him to take part in the slower morning runs. The Seahawks have gradually brought back cornerback Riq Woolen and linebacker Jordyn Brooks in a similar fashion this summer.
“It’s a good move for him,” coach Pete Carroll said of Adams…and he’s preparing for a comeback. “We’re looking at these weeks, they’re going by so fast now and if he continues to stay in PUP he can’t get any of our football work. So, he’ll just jump into the routine like we did before.” He was doing with our guys like rounds and things like that, so he could start to break the assembly with his mates and make calls and chime in and make adjustments and all that and get his mind moving in that direction.
Woolen and Brooks are expected to be ready by the Seahawks’ season opener on September 10 against the Los Angeles Rams, but Adams’ status in that game remains in question. Carroll said there was no sense of pressure to take him back by then. With Adams recovering from his injury following a down season in 2021, the Seahawks signed former New York Giants player Julian Love to a two-year, $12 million deal in March as a short-term fill-in option and a long-term prospect. – Term replacement.
“We work with him and with the doctors and the coaches and all that,” Carroll said of Adams. “That’s what’s important to me. I don’t care when that happens. All I care about is when he comes back. I want him to feel okay and confident and believe in the process that got him there, and we’re not going to rush him.” Absolutely.”
Adams, who was acquired in a huge trade with the New York Jets in 2020, set the single-season record for a defensive back with 9.5 sacks in 12 games that year. He did not record a sack in 2021 before his season ended in December due to a torn shoulder. He missed almost the entirety of last season after falling in the first half of the opener.
“He worked so hard,” Carroll said. “Again, I tell you guys, if you watch him practice, you’ll never know there’s anything wrong. But he’s still trying to build on his strengths and push everything to the limit. We’re going to do it right. We’re just going to wait until we make sure we take care of him.” truly.”
Carroll offered no further clarity as to whether wide receivers Jaxon Smith-Njigba or Dareke Young will be ready by Week 1. Smith-Njigba, this year’s 20th overall pick, underwent surgery earlier this week to repair a broken wrist.
“I haven’t heard a word since the surgery other than what they said at the beginning that everything went well,” Carroll said of Smith Njegba on Thursday. “They showed us the pictures and all this stuff, so we saw it. It’s a complicated surgery for such a small incision…but it’s going to be very safe. We’re really happy with it, and so is he.”
Young left town earlier this week to see a specialist who will determine if he needs surgery for a hip injury. Carroll said Young has not returned to the team and that he has not heard back on whether the receiver will have surgery.
Cody Thompson, who is fighting for one of the end receiver spots, remains out with a shoulder injury and is not expected to play in the Seahawks’ pre-season finals against the Green Bay Packers, according to Carroll.
Cornerback Devon Witherspoon is on his way back to training next week, according to Carroll. Witherspoon, the team’s 2023 fifth overall pick, again sustained a hamstring injury on Aug. 7 and returned to training earlier this week.