The Seattle Seahawks play the Carolina Panthers in Week 3 of the 2023 season and both teams enter the game with key players not being fully healthy. The Panthers will be without quarterback Bryce Young, linebacker Shaq Thompson and cornerback Jaycee Horn. While we know Seattle won't have left tackle Charles Cross or slot corner/safety Coby Bryant. Both are out with toe injuries. But what about safety Jamal Adams?
Adams has gotten back to practicing fully this week after either not participating or being limited recently. He injured his leg in Week 1 of 2022 in a Seahawks victory over the Denver Broncos, but Adams hasn't played since. There was some hope that Adams might get back by Week 3.
But that now seems unlikely. Jamal Adams was only a limited participant in practice on Friday. It is unclear whether he had some kind of setback from having been a full participant earlier in the week or if Seattle is just bringing him back extremely slowly.
Jamal Adams unlikely to play for Seattle Seahawks in Week 3
On Friday, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Adams "practiced really well" and that he would "be in the middle of it next week for sure" - for those new to Carroll-speak, that basically means there is a good chance Adams plays in Week 4, at least - but any hint of pessimism from Carroll (normally a very positive person) means Adams is unlikely to play. Per CBS Sports, Adams is not expected to play against the Panthers.
The good news is that receiver DK Metcalf should play after missing a couple of practices last week with a rib injury he suffered in Week 2. With the Panthers missing Horn, Metcalf could have a big game. Or Carolina's focus on Metcalf and Tyler Lockett might help out running back Kenneth Walker as the Panthers aren't very good against the run right now.
Seattle does have Julian Love and Quandre Diggs listed as questionable, but Diggs is expected to play. Still, Seattle is really thin at safety with Adams unlikely to play and Coby Bryant out.