Saturday, June 1, 2013
Steelers' Adams targeting quick recovery
By Jamison Hensley
Steelers offensive tackle Mike Adams was stabbed in an apparent robbery attempt early Saturday morning in Pittsburgh, according to the team's website.
The good news -- and really the only relevant news -- is Adams is expected to make a full recovery, general manager Kevin Colbert said. The surprising news is he expects to be ready for training camp, his agent told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
One knock on Adams coming out of college was he played soft. In 13 months with the Steelers, Adams has been anything but soft.
Last summer, he missed only one week after spraining his ACL in a preseason game. Adams then established himself as a run-blocking force midway through his rookie season before a high-ankle sprain sidelined him for the final six games.
Now comes Adams' latest challenge. According to Adams' agent, the 6-foot-7, 323-pound right tackle was stabbed in the stomach as he tried to stop three or four men from stealing his truck. The agent told the Post-Gazette that Adams had surgery but the knife wound didn't involve any vital organs.
Adams posted this on Twitter late Saturday morning: "I had an angel lookin out for me! Ill be ok just gotta fight to get back harder then ever."
No one can question Adams' desire when it comes to something he wants. After he learned that the Steelers took him off their draft board for testing positive for marijuana at the NFL combine, Adams requested a face-to-face, pre-draft meeting with Colbert, team president and co-owner Art Rooney II, and coach Mike Tomlin to explain himself. A lifelong Steelers fan who grew up 70 miles north of Heinz Field, Adams had to meet certain stipulations, which included counseling, for the Steelers to consider him again.
A second-round pick from a year ago, Adams is a key part of the Steelers' youth movement on the offensive line. He was the winner of the Joe Greene Great Performance Award, given to the outstanding Steelers rookie, and is expected to be the team's starting right tackle this season.
"He's worked too hard to let a few morons screw it up for him," agent Eric Metz told the Post-Gazette.