An evening on the South Side went from bad to worse after the valet service holding Steelers tackle Mike Adams' car keys shut down for the night.
Mr. Adams was stabbed once in the stomach and once in the left forearm as he tried to stop three men from stealing his truck from the South Side intersection of East Carson and 17th streets early today, Pittsburgh police said.
The second-year tackle, who was the team's rookie of the year in 2012, was recovering this afternoon but remained hospitalized, the team said.
"He'll be OK," agent Eric Metz of Phoenix said. "He told me he was lucky. He'll be ready for training camp."
Mr. Adams told police he was outside his truck and didn't have his keys when three men approached. One was armed with a handgun and another with a knife, police said.
The man with the gun pointed it in Mr. Adams' face after Mr. Adams tried to prevent them from stealing his truck and as they argued, according to police. Then the man with the knife stabbed him twice and the three would-be carjackers ran off.
Police said a witness flagged down an officer at about 3 a.m. Officers found Mr. Adams at Cambod-Ican Kitchen on the northeast corner of 17th not long afterward.
A valet at Nakama Japanese Steakhouse across the street from Cambod-Ican said Mr. Adams left his keys with their service earlier in the night and did not return to pick them up before the service shut down at midnight. The valet said that once the service shuts down, keys cannot be retrieved until the restaurant opens the next day.
At 11:28 a.m., Mr. Adams posted on his Twitter account: "I had an angel lookin' out for me! I'll be ok. Just gotta fight to get back harder than ever."
This afternoon he tweeted a photo of himself in a hospital bed, half-smiling and giving a thumbs-up with get-well balloons behind him. He had bandages on his stomach.
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said in a news release: "We are aware of the situation regarding Mike Adams being stabbed earlier this morning. We are in direct communication with both Mike and his family. Mike is expected to make a full recovery."
Mr. Metz said the 6-foot-7, 323-pound right tackle had surgery at UPMC Mercy. He said he was told that the knife wound involved no vital organs.
With the Mercer County native at the hospital were his mother, Heidi Davidson, his grandmother, Mr. Colbert and Steelers security staff members, Mr. Metz said.
Mr. Adams at one point was projected to be a first-round draft pick, but dropped after being suspended at Ohio State as part of a scandal that cost coach Jim Tressel his job and then testing positive for marijuana at the NFL scouting combine.
Mr. Adams was slated to start at right tackle this upcoming season. An ankle injury ended his season after he played in 10 games last year.
"He's worked too hard to let a few morons screw it up for him," Mr. Metz said.
No arrests have been made in the incident. Mr. Metz said he was told that one of the robbers dropped a cell phone, which police had recovered.
Police ask anyone with information to call the bureau's major crimes unit at 412-323-7800.
Ed Bouchette: email@example.com. First Published June 1, 2013 4:00 AM