Adams clutched at his groin area during the Port game, left the field and did not return as the Magpies went to beat Port comfortably by 39 points.
Collingwood is scheduled to play Carlton, St Kilda, Sydney and then Melbourne on the Queen’s Birthday before the bye, which would give Adams a further week’s rest before the next game – effectively giving him six weeks between games if he returns in the game after the break.
Reid’s return posed the question of whether Collingwood could accommodate Reid, Cox and Brody Mihocek in the same team, or if Reid would need to push one of the other pair out to be selected. Cox, obviously, has the advantage of being a capable ruck support for Brodie Grundy.
The Magpies, while lacking a potent genuine key forward – 211cm Cox is overly tall for one and Mihocek (192cm) is on the smaller side – still lead the AFL for marks inside their forward 50m arc, having medium-sized and quick targets Jordan De Goey, Jaidyn Stephenson, Will Hoskin-Elliott and Jamie Elliott to offset the absence of a gun key forward.