BEREA (923TheFan) – Browns safety Mike Adams personifies persistence and professionalism.
Sunday’s game at Indianapolis will mark the 100th game that he has played in the NFL.
“Not many guys have accomplished 100 games,” Adams said. “I think that it’s a great accomplishment. I was happy to hear it thanks to the media, doing your homework. I appreciate you – yes I do.”
Adams, who always has a smile on his face and loves to joke around with players, coaches and even reporters, is all business when it comes to on the field and his contributions.
“I think that what has helped me stick around is: one being healthy, two knowing what I have to do, three being versatile playing different positions,” Adams said. “Just being relentless, going out there and playing hard, knowing my assignment and always outworking the person that is in front of me.”
Discounted, minimized and overlooked over the years, you would never know it anytime you see Adams off the field. His upbeat attitude and personality is infectious wherever he goes.
It does not go unnoticed or unappreciated by Coach Pat Shurmur.
“He gives leadership,” Shurmur said. “He’s done a really good job of helping direct in the back, which is part of what he does. He’s a guy that were glad is here and it’s always good when you’re working some younger guys in there to have a veteran presence like Mike.”
Adams, who is in his fifth season with the Browns, was originally signed by San Francisco as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2004.
“One hundred games, that’s a tremendous feat in this league at any position,” Shurmur said. “That speaks to durability, that speaks to having a good long career and I’m sure it’ll be meaningful for him.”
Adams is the consummate team player as he has worked his way from a practice squad player with the 49ers to a starter at safety for the Browns. In Cleveland he’s also been asked to slide in on nickel or dime packages as well as contribute on special teams.
He has done it all in his seven-plus seasons which have earned him the respect of his teammates in the locker room.
“It speaks of his character and his work ethic,” cornerback Sheldon Brown said. “It’s tough enough to play in the league for one game. When you’ve reached that milestone where you’ve played a hundred, that’s a serious deal.”
Pashos Watch: The Tony Pashos watch continues in Berea. Pashos did not practice this week and will miss his second straight game with an ankle injury.
Shurmur confirmed Friday that Pashos could be out several more weeks.
“He’s still in the boot and he’s probably going to be out this week,” Shurmur said. “Then I think we’ll just take it week to week, but there is a chance.”
Shurmur was asked if Pashos has suffered a setback in his recovery from the injury.
“No, I wouldn’t consider anything a setback right now,” Shurmur said. “We’re just trying to get it settled down. Unfortunately, sometimes you can’t really predict the final time.”
Until Pashos is able to return, that is assuming that he will, Artis Hicks and Oniel Cousins will continue to rotate at right tackle in his place.
Shurmur would like to settle on a replacement but neither has distinguished themselves as a bona-fide starter.
“Not really,” Shurmur said. “We’ll probably start Artis in there, but you’ll see Oniel in there as well.”
This week will be a tough task with Colts defensive end Robert Mathis lined up opposite them.
Mathis is listed as questionable with a neck injury on the Colts injury report Friday but should he play Hicks understands that he could be in for a tough afternoon.
“I’ve played against Freeney but I haven’t played against Mathis yet,” Hicks said. “They have a lot of the same similarities with their skill sets. They’re both very athletic, very fast so it’s going to be a long day.
“I’m going to have my hands full with him.”
No Dome: Despite playing in a dome Sunday, Browns Coach Pat Shurmur had his team outside for practice all week. Shurmur didn’t see the need to spend the week inside the field house.
“I think the surfaces that you find now in domes, we’ve worked before inside, I think the surfaces are similar,” Shurmur said. “To get a feel for the dome, we’ll do that in warm-ups, we’ve played in domes before so I don’t think that’s the issue.
The field house accommodates a 70-yard synthetic field which is not enough room for Shurmur to operate and it also saves players from unnecessary wear and tear associated with artificial surfaces.
“We’ve got more room outside here,” Shurmur said. “I think practicing on the grass is a little bit easier on their legs so typically we’ll do that.”