The Seattle Seahawks won their season opener in thrilling fashion against the Denver Broncos on Monday night, but they lost a key player in the process.
Seahawks strong safety Jamal Adams limped off the field after tackling former teammate Russell Wilson early in the second quarter. He was then carted away when it was clear that he would not be able to return.
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While Adams' injury was initially believed to be a knee injury, it was later revealed to be a torn quad. There is no timetable for his return, as he is out indefinitely.
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While Seattle held on to win the game, 17-16, without Adams, losing him is a major blow. The three-time Pro Bowler was expected to be a lynchpin of the Seahawks' defense again this season after spending the last two seasons with Seattle.
The Seahawks' defense has taken a major step back from its "Legion of Boom" days, morphing into a "bend-don't break" unit. Seattle yielded the 11th-fewest points in the NFL last year despite surrendering the 10th-most rushing yards and second-most passing yards.
Adams is one of the team's top defensive players, so his absence hurts their outlook considerably. It's unclear when he'll be able to return, but the Seahawks will need him back at some point this year if they're going to contend in a loaded division. Seattle currently has the longest odds to win the NFC West (+1100) on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.