Jamal Adams said he did not mean to hurt John Wolford on the hit that knocked him out.
Wolford was filling in for Jared Goff, who had a busted thumb that was not quite on the mend. The Rams backup quarterback sustained a neck injury, had to exit the game and be transported to a nearby Seattle hospital. While it apparently only is a stinger for Wolford, Adams made sure that the world knows he did not intend to injure Wolford on his punishing, first-quarter hit.
“My intention was never to take a cheap shot,” said Adams post-game. “I talked to him and he told me, ‘I know you’re just playing football and didn’t mean it.’ I’m praying he can continue his career, because I’m never trying to end anyone’s career. I’m just playing fast and physical.”
Jamal Adams on hit on Wolford: My intention was never to take a cheapshot. I talked to him & he told me, "I know you're just playing football & didn't mean it." I'm praying he can continue his career, b/c I'm never trying to end anyone's career. I'm just playing fast & physical.
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) January 10, 2021
John Wolford is down after this hit from Jamal Adams.
Jared Goff warming up…
— PFF (@PFF) January 9, 2021
Do the Rams have any chance of advancing to the NFC Championship game?
The Rams are the first NFC team to advance to the divisional round. Depending on what happens in the final two NFC games (Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Football Team, Chicago Bears at New Orleans Saints), the Rams could play any number of opponents. Because they are the No. 6 seed, the likeliest matchup would be for them to face the No. 1-seeded Green Bay Packers.
Los Angeles has a fantastic defense, led by superstar defensive tackle Aaron Donald and all-world defensive back Jalen Ramsey. That side of the ball can hold its own against just about anyone. However, Goff and Wolford on the mend does severely limit what Sean McVay and the Rams can do offensively. They will struggle to keep up with whoever they meet in the NFC Divisional Round.
Adams says his hit on Wolford was not intentionally malicious, but do you believe him?