Missing Week 1 will mark a full calendar year Adams has been absent. Given his injury history — missing 11 games the previous three campaigns (2019-2021) — the Seahawks are smart to take it slow with the do-it-all safety.
The Seahawks’ secondary will be better when Adams eventually returns, but the offseason addition of Julian Love puts the club in a better position to withstand his absence this season.
Seattle will also likely be without No. 5 overall pick Devon Witherspoon to start the season.
“It’s going to be a race to get him for the opener. Might not get that,” Carroll said on Friday of the rookie.
Witherspoon missed training camp and the entire preseason while dealing with a hamstring injury. Given the amount of time missed, even if the rookie is cleared to play, it’d likely be in a backup capacity for the first few games until he’s fully integrated into the system.