Last Thursday’s primetime matchup between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers was overshadowed by a controversial hit rather than its outcome. In an ugly play that took place near the end of the third quarter, Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan made full-force contact with Packers wide receiver Davante Adams using the crown of his helmet, which is a clear violation of the NFL rule book.
Now, the league has announced that after reviewing the play, Trevathan has in fact been issued a 2-game suspension. The NFL has stated that he specifically was in breach of 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.”
The play was scary for both television viewers and those in attendance, as Adams remained on the ground for about five minutes while receiving rushed attention from medical personnel. Although he was carted away on a stretcher, Adams was still able to raise a thumbs up, allowing everyone who witnessed the play to take a brief sigh of relief. The Packers wideout was immediately taken to the hospital where he was released on Friday after suffering a concussion. He took to his Twitter account upon returning home to thank everyone for their prayers, noting he “feels great.”
At home feeling great. Appreciate the prayers🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
— Davante Adams (@tae15adams) September 29, 2017
Trevathan was not ejected from the game following the hit, but he was slammed with an unnecessary roughness penalty, which is a personal foul. His suspension has been issued without pay, but he is expected to appeal the ruling before Chicago’s Monday night contest against Minnesota on October 9. Either James Thrash or Derrick Brooks will oversee the case, since both are paid by the NFL and NFL Players Association to serve as appeals officers for cases of on-field discipline.