Aside from national anthem protests, there hasn’t been a bigger story in the NFL this week. In an otherwise forgettable 35-7 Packers win over Chicago on “Thursday Night Football,” Danny Trevathan’s brutal hit on a defenseless Davante Adams silenced an entire stadium and angered Adams’ teammates.
— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) September 29, 2017
Viewers, spectators, and players were breathless, waiting to see any movement from Adams, who was carried off the field on a stretcher.
Adams suffered a concussion but stunningly escaped more serious injury. He tweeted Friday that he was out of the hospital and “feeling great.”
At home feeling great. Appreciate the prayers🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
— Davante Adams (@tae15adams) September 29, 2017
“Davante Adams is technically in the concussion protocol,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Friday afternoon. “He’s rambunctious and ready to move forward. He’s home and everything looks good.”
While Trevathan drew a 15-yard penalty on the play, some were surprised he wasn’t ejected from the game.
On Saturday, the league dropped the hammer, suspending Trevathan for two games.
In announcing the suspension, the league cited Rule 12, Section 2, Article 6: “There shall be no unnecessary roughness. This shall include, but will not be limited to (i) using any part of a player’s helmet or facemask to butt, spear, or ram an opponent violently or unnecessarily.”
Trevathan, who plans to appeal, said after the game that the hit was unintentional.
“I regret the level I hit him at. But you got to understand I had momentum, and I was just trying to make a play,” he said.
Trevathan and other Bears players celebrated immediately after the hit, fanning the Packers’ flames. “What we thought was f—ed up was that he was celebrating that play,” Packers tight end Martellus Bennett said. “You get your ass kicked, you took a cheap shot, and you celebrate when a guy goes down. That’s what really pissed us off.”
Trevathan will have his suspension heard next week by one of two former players: James Thrash or Derrick Brooks, who were appointed by the NFL and NFLPA.
The Bears are off until Oct. 9, when they host Minnesota.
After that, they travel to Baltimore for an Oct. 16 matchup before returning home to take on Carolina on Oct. 22.