Thursday's NFL: Seahawks place S Jamal Adams on injured reserve

Associated Press

Renton, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks placed safety Jamal Adams on injured reserve Thursday for the quadriceps tendon injury he suffered in the opener against Denver.

Adams is expected to have surgery soon that will likely keep him out for the season. It’s the second straight year Adams had his season cut short by a major injury.

Adams was injured when he blitzed Denver quarterback Russell Wilson in the first half of Seattle’s 17-16 victory. Adams limped off the field and was eventually taken to the locker room on a cart.

Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams is taken off the field on a cart after an injury during the first half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, in Seattle.

“His presence, not being here, it hurts not having a guy like that in the locker room, on the field,” Seattle linebacker Jordyn Brooks said Thursday. “Guys have got to step up. I think that Josh (Jones) and Ryan Neal they’re great guys to step up.”

Injuries have defined Adams’ three seasons with the Seahawks. He missed four games in 2020 and played 12 games last year, when he ultimately needed season-ending shoulder surgery.

Seattle is expected to use Jones and Neal in the role that Adams was expected to play. Neal has been Adams’ primary backup and filled in the previous two seasons when Adams was injured.

Jones is in his sixth season and started 13 games for Jacksonville in 2020.

The Seahawks also signed Teez Tabor off Atlanta’s practice squad to fill the open roster spot. Tabor was a second-round pick in 2017 who has appeared in 28 games with six starts earlier in his career with Chicago and Detroit.

Patriots quarterback Mac Jones misses practice with illness

Foxborough, Mass. — Patriots quarterback Mac Jones sat out Thursday’s practice with an illness.

Jones was a full participant for Wednesday’s practice after suffering a back injury during New England’s Week 1 loss at Miami.

He said on Wednesday that his back was feeling good and he expected to play on Sunday at Pittsburgh.

“It feels good. Everything feels good,” he said.

If Jones does have to miss Sunday's game, backup Brian Hoyer would be in line to make his first start since Week 4 of the 2020 season. He stepped in that week for Cam Newton, who sat out the Patriots’ 25-10 loss at Kansas City with COVID-19.

Rookie Bailey Zappe is the third quarterback on New England’s roster. He was a healthy scratch in Week 1.

Hoyer has made starts for seven NFL teams during his 14-year career, but has lost his past 11 and amassed a record of just 16-23. The 2020 loss to Kansas City was his lone start with the Patriots. He was benched during the game in favor of Jarrett Stidham.