Jamal Adams Suffered Sprained Shoulder Injury in Seahawks' Win over 49ers

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVDecember 5, 2021

Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams (33) defends during an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Matt Durisko)
AP Photo/Matt Durisko

Seattle Seahawks star Jamal Adams suffered a sprained shoulder during Sunday's 30-23 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

“He sprained his shoulder today, the one that was operated on,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said after the game, per Gregg Bell of the News Tribune. “So, I don’t know any updates, other than that.” 

Adams underwent surgery after playing through a torn labrum during the 2020 season.

It's not clear how much, if any, time Adams may miss with his current injury.

Adams was a Pro Bowler for the third time in 2020, finishing with 83 tackles, 9.5 sacks, three pass breakups and one forced fumble in 12 games. A groin injury knocked him out for four weeks in the first half of the season.

Seattle resolved one of its biggest off-field questions when it handed the veteran safety a four-year, $70 million extension. His $17.5 million average salary became the highest at the position, moving him ahead of the Minnesota Vikings' Harrison Smith ($16 million) and Denver Broncos' Justin Simmons ($15.3 million).

The massive contract left no doubt as to Adams' importance to Seattle's defense, both in the present and the long term.

With the Seahawks now forced to replace the 26-year-old, his injury is a reminder of his versatility. There aren't many defensive backs in the NFL who can do what he can on the field. He can start from a variety of positions and rush the passer, defend the run or drop back into pass coverage from there.

Ryan Neal likely has the task of taking over for Adams at strong safety.