Seahawks notes: Injured Jamal Adams gives emotional speech after practice; DB depth to be tested – The Seattle Times

RENTON — Seahawks safety Jamal Adams will soon have surgery to repair a knee injury that includes a damaged quad tendon and undergo what figures to be another lengthy rehab.
Before he embarks on that challenge — the second consecutive year he has suffered a season-ending injury and third he has had a significant surgery — Adams stopped by the VMAC on Friday to talk to his teammates on the eve of their trip to San Francisco.
Adams was escorted out in a wheelchair to deliver a speech following the team’s practice.
“It was great to reconnect with him, for everybody,’’ coach Pete Carroll said.
A brotherhood that goes beyond the game.

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Carroll revealed that after Adams was injured in the second quarter Monday night that he demanded to stay and watch the rest of the 17-16 win over Russell Wilson and the Broncos.
“(They were) trying to haul him out of the stadium and he was in the box or something,’’ Carroll said. “Got the chance to watch the finish and was going crazy at the end in the way the defense played and all that.’’
Carroll said that was much of what Adams relayed to the team Friday.
“He just popped in on us at the end there,’’ Carroll said. “He had a chance to speak to the whole crew and he’s such a heartfelt guy and just let it out. And he told the guys what he was thinking and how grateful he was about the win.’’
Said rookie cornerback Coby Bryant, whose locker is next to Adams: “That’s big bro, so I was happy to see him more than anything, see that he had positivity. Obviously it’s hard seeing him like that. Obviously I wanted to play with him this year, but things happen for a reason and I know he is going to get back and become better.’’
It is expected that the injury and surgery will knock Adams out for the rest of the season. Carroll wouldn’t commit to that saying only “I don’t know’’ when asked if there is a chance Adams can return this year. And he said “I don’t know the long range of it,’’ when asked about a timeline.
With Adams out, Josh Jones will join Quandre Diggs as the starting safeties, with Ryan Neal expected to move into the third-safety role that Jones was expected to fill when Adams was healthy.
The Seahawks’ safety depth got a little more problematic late in the week when rookie Joey Blount tweaked his hamstring in practice Thursday. The Seahawks listed him as doubtful for Sunday’s game, but Carroll said “it’s going to be hard for him to make it this weekend.’’
That means that Teez Tabor, signed by the Seahawks on Thursday, could be active for Sunday’s game as a fourth safety and special-teams player.
Tabor, a second-round pick of the Lions in 2017, played cornerback his first four years in the NFL until he was switched to safety last year with the Bears when Seahawks associate head coach for defense, Sean Desai, was Chicago’s defensive coordinator.
Tabor was on Atlanta’s practice squad and said he had a chance to sign with the Falcons’ active roster this week but decided to sign with the Seahawks instead, calling it “a leap of faith’’ to rejoin Desai and play for Carroll, who he said he has long admired.
Said Carroll: “Sean knew him really well. He knows the system, and that was a big deal. We were looking for somebody that if somebody had to come up and help us right away, we wanted somebody from the system if we could. Fortunately, we were able to swing it.”
Aside from Blount, the only other players listed on the Seahawks’ game status report are cornerbacks Justin Coleman (calf) and Artie Burns (groin). Burns has dealt with a groin injury since early in training camp and he is likely out another week with Carroll saying “it’s going to be hard’’ for him to make it back by Sunday.
That would appear to mean the starting cornerbacks will again be rookie Tariq Woolen and Michael Jackson with Sidney Jones IV also ready to go — the same trio that played the outside spots against Denver.
Whether Coleman will play appears more uncertain.
Coleman first showed up on the injury report as limited Thursday and was held out Friday, with Carroll saying “He just felt his calf tighten up a little bit (Thursday) and he thought he was fine, wanted to finish practice, we held him out.’’
Carroll said Coleman had “some pictures taken’’ Friday afternoon, but they were not back yet when Carroll spoke to the media, so he had no update.
If the images reveal anything significant, the Seahawks will have to explore other options at nickel. One could be Jones, who played the nickel earlier in his career with the Eagles, though he has been mostly an outside corner since coming to Seattle a year ago.
They could go with Bryant, who has been the backup to Coleman.
Coleman started against Denver and played 51 of 66 defensive snaps, all but four at nickel, according to Pro Football Focus.
Bryant, a fourth-round pick out of Cincinnati, played just two snaps at nickel, but did not play after being beaten in man coverage for what turned out to be Denver’s only touchdown — a 67-yard pass from Wilson to Jerry Jeudy in the second quarter.
Bryant said Friday that Wilson saw the Seahawks were in man coverage when linebacker Cody Barton followed a running back in motion, noticing also that Bryant was on Jeudy, “so he took a shot.’’ Bryant said. “Just going back on film and learning that afterward is what is going to make me better, so I know when I see that later, I can go make a play.’’
“Don’t lose your leverage, that’s the big thing with that one,’’ defensive coordinator Clint Hurtt said this week of the Jeudy touchdown. “Formationally, they caught us in something there and made a good play. I hate it for the kid, but I know that he has the mental fortitude to bounce back form that, and we will be OK.’’
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