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Seahawks Football 101: How much did Jamal Adams’ injury limit his play?

There was a question about whether Jamal Adams would play in the Seahawks’ playoff game against the Rams last Saturday due to a shoulder injury. Well, OK, it was a question for everybody but Adams.

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Four days before the game, Adams explained in a press conference that there was no way he was sitting out what would be his first postseason appearance in the NFL. So when the game rolled around, he was in his usual spot as Seattle’s starting strong safety.

The game obviously didn’t turn out the way Adams or the Seahawks would have hoped – they lost 30-20, ending their season – and it was clear there were limits to what he could do while trying to make plays due to his shoulder.

That led to another question: Should Adams have played at all?

We know now that Adams’ shoulder will need to be surgically repaired this offseason, but Dave Wyman, color commentator for the Seahawks Radio Network and co-host of 710 ESPN Seattle’s Wyman and Bob, says it was the right call to play Adams. He saw how the limitations of his shoulder played a role, though, and Wyman breaks down in this week’s Football 101 video both how Adams still proved to be valuable in Seattle’s defense against the Rams but also exactly how his injury made it just that much more difficult to prevent Los Angeles from making plays.

Watch the video here or at the top of this post, and for more Football 101 episodes from the Seahawks’ season, click any of the links below.

More Seahawks Football 101

• Week 1: Adams, Dunbar solve a play that has been Seattle’s problem
• Week 2: How Bobby Wagner helped seal a win on the final play vs. the Patriots
• Week 3: Team effort results in a safety against the Cowboys
• Week 4: How K.J. Wright and the defense solved Seattle’s big-play issues
• Week 5: How the defense came up clutch against the Vikings
• Week 7: Rookie LB Jordyn Brooks’ promising plays in Arizona
• Week 8: Why Bobby Wagner is the NFL’s best blitzing LB
• Week 9: What Carlos Dunlap adds that the defense needs
• Week 11: How K.J. Wright outplayed Kyler Murray
• Week 11 bonus: Proof that the defense’s new success is sustainable
• Week 12: Chris Carson is back, and this is how to use him
• Week 13: The defense’s crucial adjustment to Giants’ run game
• Week 14: The emergence of Ugo Amadi
• Week 15: Jamal Adams does it all for Seattle at safety
• Week 16: Everyone played a part in keeping Rams out of the end zone
• Week 17: Rookie standout Jordyn Brooks flattens George Kittle