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The NFL suspended Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan two games for his Thursday night hit that left Green Bay Packers receiver Davante Adams hospitalized and gave him a concussion. The league announced the news Satuday.
Trevathan has the right to appeal. The NFL said Trevathan violated Rule 12, Section 2, Article 6 — which states: “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 on unnecessarily.”
Adams was carted off the field after a scary scene during the third quarter of the Packers’ 35-14 win. After Adams caught a pass, Trevathan lunged at him with the crown of his helmet, striking him in the facemask. The blow sent Adams’ mouthpiece flying, and left him on the turf. Trainers took off Adams on a stretcher, and he was eventually loaded into an ambulance and taken to the hospital.
Adams was released from the hospital Friday and tweeted that he was “feeling great.”
Trevathan was flagged with a personal foul on the hit. Though the NFL emphasized in its annual meetings in March that egregious hits to the head could result in an ejection, Trevathan remained in the game.
Targeting hits in college football can result in ejections, but those plays are subject to replay reviews to determine whether the player should be removed from the game. With Trevathan’s hit Thursday night putting a greater focus on how egregious hits in the NFL should be handled, the league did not indicate whether a similar model could be implemented in the future when discussing the matter with USA TODAY Sports earlier this week.
Contributing: Lorenzo Reyes