The injury absence of Washington tackle Trey Adams may go well beyond Saturday’s Auburn game.
Adams, after missing a huge chunk of 2017 with a knee injury, did not make the trip to Atlanta for the Huskies season-opening game against Auburn, a 21-16 loss. He missed the game because of a back injury. And according to the Seattle Times, Adams is “expected to miss significant time” because of the injury.
He could even miss the entire 2018 season.
Adams is a big-time NFL prospect
Adams, a 6-foot-8, 316-pound left tackle, may have been a first-round draft pick had he not torn his ACL in the Arizona State game last fall. The injury kept him in school for 2018. His rehab went well enough that all signs pointed to Adams playing over the weekend against Auburn.
Instead, it was a different injury — his back — that held him out.
“We’re getting the doctors to look at him and figure it out. It could be (long-term), might not be. I don’t know,” Washington coach Chris Petersen said Monday. “He practiced his tail off (last) Monday and was rocking and rolling, and then he wasn’t.”
What does Adams’ injury mean for Washington?
A long-term injury for Adams is a big deal for the Huskies. Adams was a preseason All-American and is widely considered one of the best offensive linemen in the country.
His absence was felt against Auburn’s ferocious front seven. With Adams out, junior Jared Hilbers made his first career start alongside redshirt freshman Jaxson Kirkland at guard. Hilbers will stay in that role with Adams sidelined.
While Washington, which faces FCS North Dakota on Saturday, had some success through the air against Auburn, the run game struggled to the tune of just 3.1 yards per carry.
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