Once, when lightning struck near Lambeau Field. And a second time when Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan struck a defenseless Davante Adams with a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit.
Wow unnecessary hit by Trevathan. Hope Adams is good pic.twitter.com/tigNTChoog
— uSTADIUM (@uSTADIUM) September 29, 2017
With Adams wrapped up by safety Adrian Amos, there was nothing he could do to protect himself.
— Josh Sánchez (@jnsanchez) September 29, 2017
As the game came to a halt and the training staff tended to Adams, Twitter lit up with reactions.
NFL might sit Trevathan dwn for that hit. Damn that was vicious.
— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) 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
Not sure how Danny Trevathan wasn’t ejected
— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) September 29, 2017
What’s Trevathan hoping to accomplish with that hit outside of injuring Adams?
— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) September 29, 2017
Danny Trevathan better get a game check taken from him. That was as cheap and dirty a hit as you will see.
— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) September 29, 2017
Adams had to be carted off the field, but he gave a thumbs-up on his way out. He went to the hospital, where he reportedly showed movement in his extremities.
In a new rule instituted by the league this season, referees have the latitude to eject players who commit “flagrant” penalties, an attempt to limit “catastrophic” hits and injuries. I’m not sure there’s any other way to describe what happened to Adams here.
Indeed, the NFL is looking into a possible suspension for Trevathan, who maintained after the contest that he didn’t intend to injure Adams.
“I realized it once he laid there for a while,” the linebacker said after his team’s 35-14 loss. “I saw his mouthpiece over there on the other side and he wasn’t moving and I saw his fingers twitching. I knew it wasn’t good. I just immediately dropped down and started praying. … I was just trying to make a play. It wasn’t intentional. I was just trying to hustle to the ball and do my job. Unfortunately, he wound up hurt. I’m sorry about that. And I’m going to reach out to him and try to send him a message. We play a physical game. But you never wish that on anybody.”
Though Trevathan admitted the strength with which he hit the immobilized Adams was unnecessary.
“I regret just the level I hit him at,” he said. “I could have been a little better. But you have to understand I was (gathering) momentum and I was just trying to make a play. Nothing intentional. It happens in this game.”
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who tossed four touchdowns in the win, believes Trevathan.
“I trust when Danny said that he wasn’t trying to him like that,” Rodgers said. “He is one of the hardest hitting players in the NFL. … I don’t think he was intentionally trying to hurt (Davante). But he did give him a good whack and unfortunately ‘Te got knocked out.”