Sunday, July 28, 2013
The remarkable recovery of Mike Adams
By Jamison Hensley
Mike Adams has been in the league for 15 months, but there's one thing the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle has proven -- don't underestimate his toughness.
Adams is ready to practice seven weeks after being stabbed in a carjacking incident, a team source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. He weighed in at 323 pounds and has his core strength returning.
Adams said he expected to be ready for training camp after having surgery June 1, but that seemed overly optimistic at that point. Remember, he was stabbed in the stomach as he tried to stop three or four men from stealing his truck.
Perhaps there will be a time when we will stop questioning Adams' ability to recover. Last summer, he missed only one week after spraining his ACL in a preseason game.
The Steelers need Adams to be healthy and ready to start at right tackle when the regular season begins. Pittsburgh doesn't have the Max Starks insurance policy anymore (he signed with San Diego) and lacks depth at offensive tackle. If Adams couldn't play, the Steelers would likely turn to Guy Whimper, a free agent from the Jacksonville Jaguars who led the NFL in sacks allowed in 2011 with 14, and gave up four sacks in six starts last season.
Adams passed the team's conditioning test Friday, but he said his timetable to return would be up to coach Mike Tomlin.