The Green Bay Packers made easy work of the Chicago Bears on Thursday night, winning easily via a score of 35-14. Aside from that, though, most people who watched will be stuck remembering a frightening moment in the fourth quarter that saw Packers wide receiver Davante Adams carted off in ambulance after a nasty hit from Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan.
After catching a short pass from Aaron Rodgers, it appeared Adams was wrapped up and about to be tackled to the ground. That didn’t stop Trevathan from barreling helmet-first into the helpless receiver, knocking his mouthguard clean out. We’re not completely sure if Adams was knocked unconscious, but the site of him laying motionless on the field was unsettling for everyone.
— Casey Baker (@CaseyBake16) September 29, 2017
The officials flagged Trevathan for unnecessary roughness on the play, but he wasn’t ejected. Adams, meanwhile, was taken to hospital to be further evaluated for head and neck injuries. Reports after the game indicated that he was conscious and able to move all his limbs and extremities.
Packers say D. Adams is conscious and has feeling in all extremities, being taken to hospital for evaluation for head and neck injury.
— Pete Dougherty (@PeteDougherty) September 29, 2017
Many people, including notable NFL journalists and TV talking heads, jumped on social media to condemn Trevathan for the dirty hit, and called for the NFL to fine and/or suspend him.
Easily one of the dirtiest hits in our lifetime. Unbelievable.
— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) September 29, 2017
NFL might sit Trevathan dwn for that hit. Damn that was vicious.
— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) September 29, 2017
NFL has steadfastly refused to crack down with suspensions and ejections for blatant helmet to helmet hits. But flag the guy for fake peeing
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) September 29, 2017
this guy trevathan should be suspended for the year. that would give him time to think about what's important in life.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) September 29, 2017
As a neutral fan who just likes watching games, it's upsetting to see Trevathan still in the game after that.
— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) September 29, 2017
That is a cheap shot. That's a suspension.
— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) September 29, 2017
Even the great (and always right) Adam Schefter weighed in, building off a Kevin Seifert tweet that reminded everyone that NFL owners changed the rules in the offseason to suspend players for “egregious” hits, even if it’s a first offense.
Sounds like suspension coming: https://t.co/iEABEs5CHT
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 29, 2017
It will be interesting to see if the NFL takes a hard line on Trevathan, considering head injuries are a major issue for the NFL right now. As for Adams, we just hope he has a full recovery — not for the sake of his career, necessarily, but for the sake of his health.