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games with a sprained an­kle, the first con­tests he has had to sit out in his three­year NFL ca­reer. He was a lim­ited par­tic­i­pant at prac­tice Wed­nes­day, a pos­i­tive sign that he could be trend­ing to­ward play­ing Sun­day in the Jets’ home fi­nale against Pitts­burgh.

“I keep talk­ing to him about mak­ing sure he’s OK, if he goes,” Gase said. “He has to feel right. I do not want him out there if there’s any chance that there’s an in­jury that pro­longs some­thing down the road. That’s not what we’re look­ing for. That’s why the com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween him and the train­ing staff and ev­ery­body is crit­i­cal.”

Adams thinks his chances of play­ing are “very high.” While some have sug­gested it might make sense to have Adams rest the fi­nal two games, the safety wants to hear none of it.

“The past two weeks, I’m not go­ing to lie to you, I was in a real low place be­cause I’ve never had this game taken from me,” Adams said. “That was tough, just sit­ting on the side­line, not be­ing out there, not prac­tic­ing with my broth­ers.

“Just to go out there and prac­tice to­day, man, I was like a lit­tle kid.”

Adams is one of the team’s emo­tional lead­ers, and his pres­ence is felt when­ever he’s on — or, off, for that mat­ter — the field.

He still leads the Jets with 77 over­all tack­les and 14 quar­ter­back hits, de­spite miss­ing two games, and his 6 1/2 sacks are sec­ond only to line­backer Jordan Jenk­ins’ seven. Adams is just two sacks from break­ing the NFL’s sin­gle-sea­son record for a de­fen­sive back, set by Ari­zona’s Adrian Wil­son in 2005.

And, you can be sure he’s aim­ing for the quar­ter­back in the Jets’ fi­nal two games.

“No doubt,” Adams said. “I’m not go­ing to tie. I’m go­ing to break it. No doubt.”

It’s that type of con­fi­dence and play­mak­ing abil­ity that have made Adams one of the top de­fen­sive play­ers in the league.

And, one of the most cov­eted.

Be­fore the trade dead­line in Oc­to­ber, sev­eral teams called the Jets to in­quire about Adams’ avail­abil­ity. Gen­eral man­ager Joe Dou­glas set the ask­ing price so ex­or­bi­tantly high that teams had to bail on try­ing to ac­quire the star safety.

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