The Seahawks knew the risks involved when deciding to play all of their starters in Week 17 against the 49ers. With the Saints and Packers both winning, Seattle's win was irrelevant in terms of playoff positioning.
That 12th victory to close out the 2020 regular season may have come at an immense cost. Jarran Reed (oblique strain) and Jamal Adams (shoulder) each suffered an injury that might keep them out of Saturday's Wild Card Round matchup against the Rams.
Adams injured his shoulder in the fourth quarter and was visibly dejected when shown on the sideline. At one point, Adams tossed his helmet to the ground. That body language was indicative of a player worried about potentially missing a chance at appearing in his first-career playoff game.
Pete Carroll said postgame the initial thought was that Adams would be able to play against the Rams. Now Seattle's head coach seems far less certain.
"I haven't seen him today," Carroll said Monday morning on 710 ESPN Seattle. "It was late last night when we parted. He's real disappointed. He wants to play. He wants to get out there. He hasn't been to the playoffs, and he wants to be part of it and all that. It kind of crushed him. He's very emotional and all, and he's gonna deal with it.
"We'll see how he's feeling the next couple of days, how he feels. He got hurt. He handled it and wanted to go back in. We had to take his helmet away. He wanted to fight with his guys. We'll see what happens. I can't tell you right now. I don't know."
Adams has now injured both of his shoulders this season. He played through his first shoulder injury and given his competitive makeup, he'll surely do everything in his power to be on the field on Saturday. The Seahawks star safety had a tremendous regular season with 9.5 sacks despite missing four games with a groin injury.
The number of ailments Adams has had to deal with this season, including two broken fingers that he's laboring through currently, has undoubtedly taken a mental toll. That likely contributed to his demoralized look on the sideline at the conclusion of Sunday's game.
As for Reed, Carroll said the team's top defensive tackle is "pretty sore." Reed, like Adams, is uncertain to play against the Rams. The health of both players will remain a key storyline to follow throughout the week.