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This is a dual loss. For the Steelers, it means their presumptive left tackle hasn't yet had a real practice with his team. The mini-camps he was able to attend weren't anything like OTAs. This is valuable time for learning.
For the player, it's valuable time lost in both trying to make a good impression and in learning a new system in a new league at a higher level. For a guy with some issues coming in, that's not always good.
The Steelers need Adams to perform well and win the left tackle job. The way they have reshuffled the line, they don't have a great backup plan at that spot unless you count Marcus Gilbert, whose move wouldn't really help matters.
Once Adams comes in, and I can't fault him for missing time because he's working on school—something I consider much more important—he needs to make up for lost time and really bring it. If he does that, no one will remember he wasn't at OTAs.