Steelers OT Mike Adams expected to make “full recovery” in time for camp
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, who has been visiting Adams for the past few days said the player was in good spirit and is choosing to look on the bright side of the whole stabbing incident, considering how lucky he is not to get hurt more seriously.
“He's got great team support [and] family support. We expect a full recovery,” said Tomlin on Monday. "Obviously, it's an unfortunate situation, but he's very blessed to be in the position that he's in…We're just glad he is going to be OK, and we're just taking it day by day.”
Adams told the officers that he was standing near his truck around 3.a.m. early Saturday morning when he was confronted by three men, with the intent of carjacking him. According to the police report “the situation escalated” when the trio demanded Adams' car key, but he didn’t have them on him. Then one of the three men pointed a gun at Mike Adams while another stabbed him two twice with a knife, before all three men fled the scene.
The 23-year-old Adams sought help at a nearby restaurant before being taken to the UPMC Mercy, where he underwent surgery for two stab wounds, one in the abdomen and one in the left forearm.
They're expecting [Adams to be out] six weeks or so. He's going to go through a couple of weeks of inactivity until he can proceed with the next step,” said Tomlin, “but, obviously, the next step for him is getting out of the hospital. We expect that to come within the next 24 hours, and he'll proceed from there."
The Steelers’ second-round pick in the 2012 Draft, Adams started six games in his rookie season but missed the final month after suffering an ankle injury. Adam is expected to be the Steelers’ starting right tackle in the 2013 season but will be held out of practices for several weeks while recovering from the stab wounds. The Steelers are currently in the midst of OTAs and don’t start training camp until late July.
Tomlin further stressed on the rise of such issues on the South Side of the city and the need for “necessary steps” to curb this problem.
"We recognize the world that we live in, and things like this are capable of happening. Not that we accept it, but we understand that it's capable of happening, said Tomlin. “We need to recognize that some things are going on that are on the South Side that make it a dangerous place, particularly after hours, and we all need to take proper precautions.”