HENDERSON, Nev. — On the first snap of 11-on-11 drills Friday, Las Vegas Raiders receiver Davante Adams went to make a short catch over the middle and was laid out by San Francisco 49ers cornerback Charvarius Ward. When Adams stayed down on the field in pain afterward, players and coaches from both teams immediately huddled around him.
Adams was obviously in discomfort when he was eventually helped to his feet by the Raiders’ training staff. He needed assistance to make it to the sideline but was then able to stand under his own power while a trainer started to examine his right leg.
A few moments later, Adams took a seat on a cooler and kept his head down while a crew of trainers huddled around him. Several minutes passed before he stood up again with a leg sleeve on his right shin. He gingerly limped his way down the sideline and talked to a couple of trainers before exiting the practice field and heading into the training room.
It was a scary scene for Adams and the Raiders, but a league source told The Athletic that his injury is minor. While that’s a favorable outcome, the timeline for his return to action is unclear.
“I don’t think it was crazy serious,” coach Josh McDaniels said after practice. “It was a bang-bang play.”
The 30-year-old receiver has been incredibly durable throughout his career. He’s missed just 11 games in nine seasons and hasn’t missed any time since 2020. On top of that, he almost never misses practice.
Adams wasn’t going to play in the Raiders’ first preseason game against the 49ers on Sunday but they have the first of two joint practices against the Los Angeles Rams in Thousand Oaks, Calif., on Wednesday. It’ll be interesting to see whether he’s able to participate.
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