Tomlin: Adams expected to make full recovery

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Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said right tackle Mike Adams is expected to make a full recovery and will be released from the hospital in the next 24 hours.

Adams, a 6-foot-7, 323-pound second-year player from Ohio State, 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 intersection of East Carson and 17th streets around 3 a.m. Saturday, Pittsburgh police said. He underwent surgery at UPMC Mercy. No arrests have been made in the case.

Tomlin addressed the incident during a press conference this afternoon at the Steelers' South Side training facilities.

"I visited with him a couple days this weekend. He's got great team support [and] family support. We expect a full recovery. He realizes of course how fortunate he is. We're just glad he is going to be ok, and we're just taking it day by day," Tomlin said.

"They're expecting six weeks or so. He's going to go through a couple of weeks of inactivity until he can proceed with the next step, but obviously the next step for him is getting out of the hospital. We expect that to come within the next 24 hours, and he'll proceed from there."

Tomlin said that Adams described the events to him, but Tomlin would not elaborate on it because the suspects are still at large.

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 Adams' face after 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.

Tomlin said that the team has rallied behind Adams, but that the incident is part of a larger one.

"We recognize the world we live in, things like this are capable of happening -- not that we accept it -- we just understand it's capable of happening," Tomlin said.

He added: "It goes beyond the team. I just think as members of this community we need to recognize some things going on in the South Side that make it a dangerous place -- particularly after hours -- and we all need to take proper precautions, and hopefully as a community we'll take the steps necessary to make sure that this doesn't happen to anyone -- whether it's a Pittsburgh Steeler or not."

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Dan Gigler:; Twitter @gigs412 First Published June 3, 2013 5:45 PM


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