According to Mike Garafolo of USA TODAY Sports, Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Mike Adams is currently in the hospital after being stabbed by a group of men who tried to steal his truck.
Adams’ agent Eric Metz says Adams will remain in the hospital for a few days.
Metz said Adams will spend a few days in the hospital and is expected to miss about six weeks of football activities, though that’s good news compared to what could have been.
“From what I understand, he was very fortunate,” said Metz, who spoke with a groggy Adams after his surgery and has also consulted with Steelers brass and team security. “The knife missed some vital organs.”
Adams also realizes he was lucky.
Adams sent out a tweet acknowledging how lucky he is.
I had an angel lookin out for me! Ill be ok just gotta fight to get back harder then ever
— Mike Adams (@Channel75live) June 1, 2013
Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert says the stabbing happened early Saturday on the city’s South Side. He says officials are “in direct communication with both Mike and his family.”
Metz said he was told three men approached Adams as he was sitting on the back of his truck. One had a gun and another had a knife, Metz said.
“I asked him, ‘Why didn’t you just let them take the truck?'” Metz said. “He told me, ‘I didn’t really have a plan. It happened so quickly.’ It’s hard to know what to do when something like this never happened to you before.”
Metz said team security told him there were witnesses and one of the men dropped a cell phone at the scene.
What kind of Pittsburgh people stab a Steeler?” said Metz, a Pittsburgh native now based in Arizona. “What is wrong with these people?”
Adams, a second-round pick last year, is in line to start at right tackle after appearing in only six games as a rookie. This incident, from which he’s expected to make a full recovery, likely won’t affect his chances of being on the field in Week 1.
“We are aware of the situation regarding Mike Adams being stabbed earlier this morning,” Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said in a statement. “We are in direct communication with both Mike and his family. Mike is expected to make a full recovery.”