Seattle Seahawks' Jamal Adams 'concerned,' to get left hand examined

RENTON, Wash. -- Jamal Adams' old hand injury is a new concern for the Seattle Seahawks and their Pro Bowl strong safety.

Coach Pete Carroll said Thursday that Adams is going to take "some time" to get his left hand examined. Adams was absent Thursday after taking part in the team's first practice of training camp a day earlier.

"Yesterday his hand just wasn't right, so he's getting some opinions about it," Carroll said. "So we'll see what that means. I don't know right now. ... But he's looking at some stuff and trying to get things figured out."

Carroll said he doesn't know when Adams is expected to return or whether another surgery is an option. Adams had surgeries in each of the past two offseasons to repair the middle and ring fingers on his left hand, which he has dislocated multiple times.

"He just felt something that didn't feel right, and so he's got to get it checked out," Carroll said. "He's really concerned. He's really upset that he has to miss anything, but he jumped right at the chance to ... take care of it and see what's going on right now."

The Seahawks have been counting on a bounce-back season from Adams, believing that their new scheme will put him in position to be the pass-rushing threat he was when he set a defensive-back record with 9.5 sacks in 2020, his debut season in Seattle. Adams was held without a sack in 12 games last year.

His dislocated fingers were part of a long list of injuries he has dealt with since his blockbuster trade to Seattle from the New York Jets. He also had surgeries in each of the past two offseasons to repair a torn left shoulder labrum, the most recent of which caused him to miss the final five games of last season. He missed four games in 2020 because of a groin strain and also played through an elbow injury that year.

Adams was back on the field for last month's mandatory minicamp. He said his fingers were fused at such an angle that he could no longer fully bend them into a fist, and that between his shoulder and fingers, he "played with one arm for damn-near two years."

"It's for the love of the game," Adams said in June. "Been going through that for two years now. My first year when I got here, I dislocated by ring finger probably about 10 times, and the other one probably about ... 12. Been dealing with that. Ain't really said much. Let everybody talk about it, whatever. But it's good now, and they're in trouble."