Jamal Adams has been the most vocal voice in the New York Giants locker room this offseason, making headlines for some questionable comments on social media and the prospect of LeBron James joining the team.
After signing a five-year, $84 million contract to remain with the Giants, Adams, who had been selected to his first Pro Bowl in 2018, will have to shift his focus from the NFL to the arena.
Adams confirmed the news on Friday that he’d have to miss at least half of the season after partially tearing his left labrum while diving for a fumble during training camp. The six-year pro out of LSU said the injury was “really frustrating” and that he was contemplating surgery.
“I’m disappointed that this is the season that I need to go down,” Adams told reporters. “But the good thing is that I’ve had the entire offseason now to prepare myself for a full season for the first time in my life. But I’m very frustrated. I’m human.”
Adams was selected to his first Pro Bowl in 2018 and was named an All-Pro Defensive Rookie for the 2017 season. He finished the year with 71 tackles and two interceptions, with the lone interception a huge game-saving pick against the Patriots at MetLife Stadium.
Adams will miss the start of the season, as it was ruled that he would need surgery that would keep him out for between six and eight weeks. While he has been medically cleared to resume football activities in a week, the timetable for recovery is weeks, not months.
“With the rule of thumb when they tear a labrum, nine months is the average, so I believe six to eight months is the average recovery,” Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said on Friday. “Hopefully, it’s a quicker recovery.”
Adams is still expected to miss the season opener, set for Sept. 9 against the Jets at MetLife Stadium. The Giants open the season against the Browns at 1 p.m. ET on Sept. 6.
While the Giants were hoping to win the Super Bowl in 2018, Adams has worked hard to become a leader as well as a player. Earlier this offseason, he made headlines by saying he hopes James ends up with the Giants, prompting him to backtrack on those comments after several media outlets reported the story.
“It was just a [tweet] and didn’t really add anything,” Adams said at the time. “I never said it was my first pick. I did it for my team. But obviously that’s not my position — I’m a safety. But it was meant for my team.”
Another first-round pick making noise is linebacker Roquan Smith, who made his NFL debut with the Bears on Thursday night in Week 1. As of now, he is only on the field as a linebacker as his contract with the Bears is a hold-out.