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Steelers' Mike Adams hospitalized after South Side stabbing

| Saturday, June 1, 2013, 11:57 a.m.
Steelers second-round pick offensive tackle Mike Adams participates in 2012 rookie camp on the South Side. Chaz Palla | Tribune Review
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Steelers right tackle Mike Adams sent out this photo from his Twitter account (@Channel75live) stating: 'Me and my guy @rkay85 relaxing! #roadtorecovery.' Adams was hospitalized after being stabbed during an apparent robbery attempt on the South Side early Saturday, June 1, 2013.

Steelers right tackle Mike Adams underwent surgery but is expected to be ready for the start of training camp next month after being stabbed during an apparent carjacking attempt near his South Side residence early Saturday morning.

Adams, 23, was stabbed in the abdomen and left forearm, Pittsburgh police said. Adams' agent, Eric Metz, said his client wasn't aware of the wounds until after the three men who confronted him left the scene.

No major organs were involved, Metz said. Adams was in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

“He's very lucky,” Metz said. “He's doing well. He brought it up to me while we were talking: ‘I'll be 100 percent in six weeks.' ”

Adams was well enough to post a Twitter message: “I had an angel looking out for me. I'll be back ok just gotta fight to get back harder than ever.” He also posted a photo of himself in the hospital giving a thumbs-up.

Adams and several friends were eating sandwiches and talking near Adams' truck shortly after 3 a.m. in the 1700 block of East Carson Street, Metz said. After his friends left, Adams was finishing his sandwich when the three men confronted him without warning.

“One guy pulled a gun,” Metz said. “It happened very quickly. It could have been a lot worse. He's worked so hard. It would have been a shame to have something like this set him back.”

According to police, the men — one had a handgun, another a knife — sought to steal the vehicle, but Adams did not have the keys. As the incident escalated, the gunman pointed the weapon at Adams' face and another man stabbed him twice.

After the men fled, Adams walked into the Cambodian Kitchen restaurant to seek help. He was alert and talking while being transported to UPMC Mercy, Uptown, police said.

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert immediately went to the hospital and was joined by a team security official, Jack Kearney. Adams' mother, Heidi Taylor, who lives in Ohio, also was at the hospital, Metz said.

“We are aware of the situation regarding Mike Adams being stabbed this morning,” Colbert said in a statement issued by the team. “We are in direct communication with both Mike and his family. Mike is expected to make a full recovery.”

The Steelers did not disclose any other information or project when Adams might return.

Metz, a Monroeville native who lives in Arizona, praised the Steelers for their response, saying, “Kevin treats these guys like they're his own kids.”

The 6-foot-7, 323-pound Adams, a second-year player from Ohio State, was working as the starting right tackle this offseason. A second-round draft pick, he was chosen as the Steelers' rookie of the year after playing in 10 games and starting six. He missed part of the season with a left ankle injury.

Adams is a native of Farrell, Mercer County, but played high school football at Dublin (Ohio) Coffman High School.

Alan Robinson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at arobinson@tribweb,com or via Twitter @arobinson_Trib.

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