Adams Cleared To Take Field After Stabbing
By Marc Jenkins
Pittsburgh Steelers OT Mike Adams has been cleared by doctors to return to the field just seven weeks after being stabbed, according to a team source.
On June 1 around 3 a.m. ET, Adams was stabbed twice – once to the abdomen and once to his left forearm – while standing in front of his truck during an attempted car-jacking on the south side of Pittsburgh. The wounds required surgery, but the 323-pound tackle has regained his core strength and is ready to take the field less than two months following the incident. Shortly after the vicious attack, Adams gave police his account of the botched robbery and, since then, three men involved have all been arrested and charged with attempted homicide, attempted robbery, aggravated assault and conspiracy.
Adams was a second-round pick in the 2012 draft (56th overall selection) out of Ohio State and is a Pennsylvania native. During his rookie campaign, Adams started six of the 10 games in which he appeared and stabilized his side of the offensive line when he was on the field. He is expected to be the team’s starting right tackle this season, so having him back in the fold before the preseason starts is huge for the Steelers offense and QB Ben Rothelisberger. Pittsburgh opens up the preseason on August 10 with a home matchup against the New York Giants.
Last season, the Steelers finished with an 8-8 record – missing out on the postseason for the first time since 2009. Missing the tournament isn’t acceptable in the Steel City and coach Mike Tomlin needs Adams to shore up the offensive line, which was a major area of weakness for his team last season.