Seahawks Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams expects he will need at least two surgeries this offseason to repair injuries to his left shoulder and left fingers.
“I guess I don’t have any luck on my left side right now,” he said Saturday after the Seahawks’ 30-20 wild-card playoff game loss to the Los Angeles Rams at Lumen Field.
Adams played through the most recent injury — a torn labrum in his left shoulder — on Saturday. He injured it late in the Seahawks’ regular-season finale against San Francisco last week but was determined not to miss his first playoff game.
He wore a harness over his left shoulder that he said limited his range of movement. He was credited with four tackles and three pass breakups.
“I’m not sitting up here and making excuses for anything, but it’s part of the game,” Adams said. “There was never no doubt in my mind that I wasn’t going to go out there and attempt to play. I did what I could. I wish I could have done more to help the team win, but obviously things didn’t roll our way. I think we shot ourselves in the foot a lot of times, on both sides of ball, and versus a good team like that you just can’t do it.”
In his first season in Seattle, Adams missed October because of a groin injury. He injured his right shoulder early in the Seahawks’ first game against the Rams on Nov. 15. He played through the right-shoulder injury and hopes that won’t require surgery this offseason.
Adams, who has one year left on his rookie contract, hopes he can work out a long-term contract extension with the Seahawks this offseason but added that he wasn’t focused on that immediately after Saturdays’ game.
“That’s something that is out of my hands right now,” he said. “I love being a Seattle Seahawk. I love being a part of this organization. … So when that time comes, it comes, but I’m worried about getting healthy right now.”
Carroll takes blame for ill-fated fourth down
If there was an image of Seattle’s offensive futility Saturday that stood out more than anything else, it was the events preceding a fourth-and-one play in the fourth quarter that resulted in a Seattle punt.
The Rams had just scored to take a 23-13 lead, and Seattle had the ball at the Rams’ 34-yard line. On third down and needing just a few feet, Chris Carson was stuffed.
Guard Damien Lewis was hurt on the play, which gave Seattle time to think it over as well as come up with a play call.
Seattle decided to go for it, and with the Rams up by 10 and time slipping away it seemed to make sense.
But the Seahawks were leisurely in the huddle and didn’t break it until about five seconds were left on the play clock with the game clock at 9:32.
Time appeared to run out, but before it did guard Jordan Simmons was called for a false start.
Facing fourth-and-six, Seattle then punted.
Said Carroll: “Yes, we were talking it over and we discussed some plays, and I kind of got in the middle of it. Then we just got late. That’s why we wound up jumping; we screwed it up. It just wasn’t clear enough.
“(But) that’s one play. We didn’t function the way we needed to right there, and so we had to punt the football. Punting the football wasn’t a bad idea, either. Just to get them on down, and take them to the next couple sequences. But I would have really liked to have made that, and so that’s why we went ahead and tried to get the chance, and then we just didn’t function cleanly like we needed to.”
Asked to clarify if he considered calling timeout, Carroll said: “We thought we were going to get it off. Honestly, right there, I could have called timeout. I realized, I could see it was going, and then I didn’t mind that we were going to have to kick the football, because that was not a bad choice there. We just had to take it.”
The only problem was that by the time Seattle got the ball back it was 30-13 and only 4:46 remained.
The Seahawks stopped the Rams on the next drive — which might have proven Carroll’s point that it was OK to punt.
But D.J. Reed fumbled during the return, and the Rams recovered. It was just the sixth lost fumble of the year for the Seahawks in a season they fumbled just 14 times overall, a franchise low.
The Rams got it at the 36 and drove quickly for another score that put the game out of reach.
Penny ‘rocked knee’ in practice
Running back Rashaad Penny was declared inactive for the game after it was revealed the day before that he had been downgraded to questionable because of a knee injury.
That led to concern that Penny might have reinjured the ACL tear suffered on Dec. 8, 2019 that caused him to miss all but three games this season.
Carroll said that was not the case.
“He stumbled in practice on Thursday, and he hit the ground pretty hard, and it just kind of rocked his knee a little bit,” Carroll said.
Carroll said it was to the other knee than Penny suffered the ACL tear but added that “he just couldn’t quite get back.”
Seattle elevated Alex Collins to add depth at tailback with Penny out, but Collins did not get a carry Saturday.