Jamal Adams couldn’t be more excited to be headed to the NFL playoffs for the first time in his career.
After the Seahawks locked up the NFC West in Week 16, the Pro Bowl safety couldn’t contain himself when describing the special moment.
“I don’t want to be too happy, because I don’t want people to say he’s dramatic; he hasn’t been here before,” Adams said while lighting up a celebratory cigar in his post-game presser following Seattle's 20-9 victory over the Rams. “You damn right I haven’t been here before. So, damnit, it feels good.”
But on Sunday as the Seahawks battled against the 49ers in their regular-season finale, they had to do so down the stretch without their key defensive stalwart. After the game, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll revealed that Adams did injure his shoulder, but not the same shoulder he injured in Week10 vs. the Rams.
Early indications are that he will not miss his first playoff appearance as the No. 3 seeded Seahawks welcome the No. 6 seeded Rams in the NFL Wild Card round.
"He did, he hurt his shoulder," Carroll said. "He was just so disappointed. More dejected about the fact that he got banged up. I think it was on a pass rush, and we'll see what happens, see what that means for next week. I can't tell you. The early stuff from the trainers is that he'll play next week. We're going to have to see how he does through the week."
Adams sustained a shoulder injury while the Seahawks were leading 16-2 and was questionable to return to the season finale. On the FOX broadcast, Adams was shown throwing his helmet down after being examined in the blue tent. He did not return as Seattle edged San Francisco 26-23 in Glendale, Arizona.
Adams, who set the record for defensive backs with 9.5 sacks in late 2020, left the game with three tackles, one for loss, in the meeting.