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Mike Tomlin on Steelers' Mike Adams: 'We expect a full recovery'

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

Tackle Mike Adams is expected to be a starter in 2013. (USATSI)
On Monday, two days after Steelers offensive tackle Mike Adams was stabbed in a robbery attempt outside his home on Pittsburgh's South Side, coach Mike Tomlin echoed the sentiments of Adams' agent when he told the media that the 2012 second-round pick is expected to make a full recovery. Tomlin also said Adams, who underwent surgery, will be released from the hospital in the next 24 hours.

"I visited with him a couple days this weekend," Tomlin said, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Dan Gigler. "He's got great team support [and] family support. We expect a full recovery. He realizes, of course, how fortunate he is. We're just glad he is going to be OK, and we're just taking it day by day.

"They're expecting [Adams to be out] six weeks or so," the coach continued. "He's going to go through a couple of weeks of inactivity until he can proceed with the next step, but, obviously, the next step for him is getting out of the hospital. We expect that to come within the next 24 hours, and he'll proceed from there."

Adams, who started six games as a rookie before missing the final month of the season with an ankle injury, is expected to be the Steelers' starting right tackle in 2013. He'll join Marcus Gilbert, Maurkice Pouncey, Ramon Foster and David DeCastro as one of the league's youngest offensive lines. The group is moving to an outside zone-blocking scheme under new offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr.

While Adams is focused on getting healthy, he also has an eye on late July, when the Steelers begin training camp.

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

Tomlin, meanwhile, spoke in general terms about what it means to live in a world in which everyone can be touched by crime.

"We recognize the world we live in, things like this are capable of happening -- not that we accept it -- we just understand it's capable of happening," Tomlin said. ...

"It goes beyond the team. I just think as members of this community we need to recognize some things going on in the South Side that make it a dangerous place -- particularly after hours -- and we all need to take proper precautions, and hopefully as a community we'll take the steps necessary to make sure that this doesn't happen to anyone -- whether it's a Pittsburgh Steeler or not."

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