Thursday night’s NFL game between the Green Bay Packers and
Chicago Bears was overshadowed by a terrifying hit on Packers
receiver Davante Adams by Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan.
The NFL announced on Saturday that Trevathan has been
suspended two games for the hit. The suspension will also
cost Trevathan about $235,000 in lost pay from his $2.0
In the third quarter, Adams caught a pass in the red zone and was
surrounded by several Bears defenders.
As Adams tried to push forward, Trevathan lowered his helmet and
launched from the side. Their helmets collided, and Adams’ head
snapped back. The hit was so violent that Adams’ mouthpiece went
Here’s the hit:
Adams was taken off the field on a stretcher. He gave fans a
thumbs-up as he left and was taken to a local hospital. The
Packers reported that Adams had movement in all extremities.
The hit was a scary reminder of the violence and possible
repercussions of football.
According to ESPN’s Kevin Seifert, the NFL was able to
act, thanks to a new sort-of-zero-tolerance policy: Certain hits
can result in ejections or suspensions, even on the first
Seifert reported that NFL vice president Troy Vincent had said
the league wanted to eliminate “catastrophic” hits, which fits
the bill for what happened to Adams.
Trevathan said after the game that he did not intend to hurt
Adams and that he planned to reach out to him. Trevathan also
defended himself, saying it wasn’t a dirty hit because he’s not a
However, regardless of Trevathan’s intent, the NFL may have
needed to punish him to set a precedent. The league has already
tried to cut helmet-to-helmet hits, and Trevathan’s tackle was
exactly the type of unnecessary takedown it’s trying to
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