Steelers Offensive Tackle Mike Adams Stabbed During Robbery Attempt
UPDATE: Sunday, July 28, at 12:40 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
ESPN's staff has the latest on Mike Adams:
Seven weeks after being stabbed, Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Mike Adams weighed in at 323 pounds with his core strength returning and he's ready to go, a team source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Adams, who is expected to be the Steelers' starting right tackle this season, was stabbed twice last month in Pittsburgh in an attempted carjacking. He had surgery for wounds to his abdomen and left forearm.
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Adams is currently hospitalized, according to the Steelers' official Twitter account.
Second-year offensive tackle @Channel75live (Mike Adams) was injured & is hospitalized after being stabbed in an apparent robbery attempt .— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) June 1, 2013
According to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, Adams' agent, Eric Metz, said that Adams was stabbed during an attempted robbery of his truck.
Metz said the assailants were trying to steal Adams' truck, from what he's been told and no organs were struck in the stabbing ...— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) June 1, 2013
Metz revealed that three men attempted to steal the truck in front of Adams' residence before the Steeler intervened and was ultimately stabbed, according to La Canfora.
Metz said that Adams truck was in front of his residence and when the tackle tried to prevent the three men from stealing it, he was stabbed— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) June 1, 2013
On Monday, June 3, a suspect was arrested in connection with the crime, according to a report from Michael Hasch of the Pittsburgh Review-Tribune:
Michael C. Paranay, 25, is charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and related crimes for the incident that occurred about 2:55 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of East Carson and South 17th streets in the South Side, said police Lt. Kevin Kraus, acting commander of Pittsburgh's Major Crimes squad.
Paranay is accused of sucker-punching Adams while one companion pointed a handgun at the right tackle and threatened to kill him and another stabbed him, causing a lacerated colon, according to a criminal complaint.
Hasch provided more details on the events that transpired on the night Adams was attacked:
He left a restaurant, walked to his truck and was approached by three men, who told him it was a nice vehicle.
One man pulled out a handgun and demanded, “Gimme your car!”
Adams said, “You aren't going to shoot me on the street in front of people.” The gunman replied, “I want your car or I'll shoot you in the face and kill you in front of everyone!”
At that point, Paranay moved behind Adams and struck him, and the third companion stabbed him in the abdomen and slashed his forearm. As the assailants ran off, one dropped a cellphone.
A warrant was obtained for Paranay after detectives found his name and photo on the phone and Adams picked him out of a photo array.
USA Today reports that police made a second arrest on June 3:
According to a statement from the Pittsburgh police department, detectives arrested Dequay Means, 26, from Hazelwood, Pa., on Monday night after a chase on foot.
Police said Means, now being held in Allegheny County jail, was charged with criminal attempt homicide, aggravated assault, attempted carjacking, former convict not to possess a firearm, terroristic threats, criminal conspiracy and escape.
USA Today's Mike Garafolo reported on Wednesday, June 5, that a third arrest has been made:
Pittsburgh police now have issued an arrest warrant for a 3rd suspect in the Mike Adams stabbing, a man named Jerrell Whitlock.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) June 5, 2013
Luckily for Adams and the Steelers, the stabbing is not life- or career-threatening, as he is out of surgery and will only be out of action for about six weeks, according to La Canfora through Metz.
I visited with him a couple days this weekend. He's got great team support [and] family support. We expect a full recovery. He realizes of course how fortunate he is. We're just glad he is going to be ok, and we're just taking it day by day.
They're expecting six weeks or so. He's going to go through a couple of weeks of inactivity until he can proceed with the next step, but obviously the next step for him is getting out of the hospital. We expect that to come within the next 24 hours, and he'll proceed from there.
Eric Metz, agent for stabbed Steelers T Mike Adams, said he is out of surgery and expected to be out 6 weeks. "He should be fine," Metz said— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) June 1, 2013
Adams is doing so well, in fact, that he was able to tweet and let his fans know that he intends to work hard in order to get back in action.
I had an angel lookin out for me! Ill be ok just gotta fight to get back harder then ever— Mike Adams (@Channel75live) June 1, 2013
Adams was a second-round pick out of Ohio State by the Steelers in the 2012 draft and started six games as a rookie last season. He could potentially be a full-time starter this coming season, and it doesn't appear as though this incident will hamper his ability to play.
This obviously isn't an ideal situation for Adams, but the fact that he wasn't seriously injured means that he is very lucky. According to La Canfora, Metz believes Adams' injuries could have been significantly worse.
"All things considered, Mike's actually pretty lucky," Metz said. "It could have actually been worse." Adams came out surgery around 8— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) June 1, 2013
It remains to be seen how this will affect Adams emotionally, as it had to be an incredibly traumatic experience, but he is in line to be healthy in time for training camp and should be able to resume his career without issue, according to La Canfora.
Adams, entering his 2nd season, is in line to be the starting right tackle and Metz said he should be back by training camp.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) June 1, 2013
Adams' well-being is the most important thing at this point, and he is very fortunate to be in a position to make a full recovery.
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