NFL reviewing Danny Trevathan hit for possible suspension

AP

When referee John Hussey was asked why Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan was not ejected for using the crown of his helmet to hit Packers wide receiver Davante Adams in the helmet when Adams’ forward progress had been stopped, Hussey said that he “didn’t have enough information” from his perspective to judge if the hit was “egregious” enough to warrant an ejection.

While Trevathan remained on the field Thursday night, other people will be looking at his hit in the coming days to determine whether he’ll miss time in another game. According to multiple reports, the NFL will review Trevathan’s hit to decide if he should be suspended for violating player safety rules.

Trevathan said after the game that he regrets “the level” he hit Adams at, but that he doesn’t think the hit warrants a suspension.

Such suspensions are not a regular part of the game, although Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham was banned for one game after taking a running shot at then-Panthers cornerback Josh Norman‘s head in a 2015 game. If the league finds Trevathan’s act as egregious as that one, he’ll likely be sitting out a game.

62 responses to “NFL reviewing Danny Trevathan hit for possible suspension

  1. If that doesn’t warrant a suspension, nothing ever will.

    Not just dangerous, but egregious and totally avoidable, complete lack of concern for causing major injury.

  2. Maybe…. MAYBE he wasn’t going for the helmet. But he was looking to hurt Adams while he was stopped out in the pile. If not the head, it would have been ribs or shoulder.

  3. If the hit burfict put on Antonio brown got him suspended I can’t imagine this doesn’t. The only thing is that I believe this is his first offense which would make me think he gets 1 or 2 games, appeals it and gets it pushed down to 1 or none. Not saying I agree just how I think it will play out.

  4. gsomatt says:
    September 29, 2017 at 10:13 am
    Maybe…. MAYBE he wasn’t going for the helmet. But he was looking to hurt Adams while he was stopped out in the pile. If not the head, it would have been ribs or shoulder.
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    He couldn’t know where exactly he was going to hit Adams only that he was going to drill him with the top of his helmet.

    He was getting a free shot and he took it. I wish I could swear on this board because that was a dirtyazz shot and what makes it much worse is it was totally unnecessary. Guy was held up and wasn’t going anywhere.

  5. I’m still too angry to have a rational thought on this.

    4 games, minimum.

    Cheapest of cheapshots. Absolutely inexcusable.

    .. if this was Burfict, they’d kick him out of football forever.

  6. That hit was absolutely ridiculous. The only available part of Adams’ body that he could’ve tackled, was his head. He was completely wrapped up and going to the ground already and that was after his forward progress was already stopped. Disgusting.

  7. Compare Trevathan’s hit Thursday night to the hit that cost Burfict 5 (3) games, and I think at least a 1 game suspension is justified.

  8. One of the most egregious hits I’ve ever seen. If that doesn’t warrant a long suspension, I don’t know what does.

    Come on. This is a league that suspends guys 4 games for lighting up a joint. Trevathan was clearly targeting, and it’s not hyperbole to say that he had a real chance of paralyzing Adams on that shot. If the NFL is serious about player safety, this should be no less than an 8-game suspension. That’ll get people to take notice and adjust.

    Frankly, I was shocked it wasn’t an immediate ejection. Stuff like this, and the weak handling of it, is why everyone knows the NFL’s player safety spiel is a complete crock of BS.

  9. Very dirty in the manner in which he lead totally with his head like a spear. He went high as well Adams didn’t turn into it. I can’t say what the suspension will be but for a bunch of guys that are concerned with CTE you would think they would lead with a shoulder instead of their heads. Just goes to show how stupid some NFL players are. He should have been ejected right away. For the sake of setting a stance and player saftey he should get 4-8 games without pay. Yes I’m a packer fan but I along with many are tired of seeing players out cold and stretchered off the field. It’s getting brutal, the Shaziers hit and Burfict hits last year were exactly the same.

  10. What exactly were the refs watching? You have a guy with the ball being brought down and they didn’t really see it? Not until 3 seconds after the play when players got in their face did a flag even come out. That being said that should be a mandatory league review and not a judgement call because they clearly failed by not ejecting him.

  11. They didnt even throw a flag until they saw he was injured. In slow-mo it looked worse than at full speed. The LB was trying to make the tackle and the other guy pushed Adams’ head down at the same time.

  12. My guess is a 2 game suspension. But the question is how many games will Adams miss because of that hit to the head?

  13. Trevathan definitely needs and deserves a suspension. The Hit was clearly late and he led with the crown of his helmet. You could hear it loudly, don’t know how he didn’t get thrown out lastnight!

  14. It’s debatable whether he target his head, because Adams was upright when Danny lowered his head. That being said. He lead with the helmet and hit with the crown. If he had his facemask up and earholed him it may have only been a penalty. This hit will be part of the example of what not to do. If Adams is ok, Danny should sit a game. Those calling for 4-6 are nuts. How many of you want 6 games for Zeke Elliott without direct evidence, and all the lies she told, that he actually abused her?
    This was done within the white stripes, and the whistles. In game play. As an objective Bears fan, the right thing–Danny should sit out however long Adams is out if he is sidelined from that hit. If Adams is ok, and doesn’t miss any games, Danny should get 1 game. They’ll do 2 games, and he’ll appeal and it will be down to 1. All the Packer fan outrage, cut it out. There is some serious crying going on. Stop it. This rivalry has had this happen from both sides a bunch of times…you guys had Chuck Cecil at Safety for a while…seriously, it’s football. It’s a violent game, and there will be guys who take it a step too far in the heat of the game. You guys sound like he did this to your little brother. Too emotionally invested, it’s weird, stop it.

  15. aarons444 says:

    September 29, 2017 at 10:22 am

    I’m still too angry to have a rational thought on this.

    4 games, minimum.

    Cheapest of cheapshots. Absolutely inexcusable.

    .. if this was Burfict, they’d kick him out of football forever.

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    True! I was relieved when Adams waved a bit when he came off. He just went limp afterwards. NFL needs to send a message. Vicious, avoidable helmet to helmet hits especially on defenseless ball carriers should equal an automatic multi game suspension.

  16. Was that a tooth that came flying out just before the mouth guard?
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    I thought for a second Trevathan might have killed him.

    The sound.. still makes me cringe…

  17. The league office should say they don’t have enough information that would show that referee is competent enough to be a referee anymore and get rid of him.

  18. Sound of the hit was sickening. He then had the cojones to argue. Lucky there was some level of restraint on Packers side. Couldn’t understand why not ejected immediately.

  19. That being said that should be a mandatory league review and not a judgement call because they clearly failed by not ejecting him.
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    This has nothing to do with a judgement call. A personal foul was called and the Bears were penalized. There is no targeting rule in the NFL nor one which would result in an ejection unless it occurred after the whistle. This was indeed a dirty play as Adams was already in the grasp of a defender and this coward tried to “clean him up” by delivering a violent shot to his head. He should be suspended for no less than 3 games AND fined. That action could have ended this guy’s career and could have left him paralyzed.

  20. All the Packer fan outrage, cut it out. There is some serious crying going on. Stop it. This rivalry has had this happen from both sides a bunch of times…you guys had Chuck Cecil at Safety for a while…seriously, it’s football. It’s a violent game, and there will be guys who take it a step too far in the heat of the game. You guys sound like he did this to your little brother. Too emotionally invested, it’s weird, stop it.
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    Chuck Cecil, you say?…. I raise you Dave Duerson.

    I think you picked a terrible example to try and make your point, but, whatever.

    .. my real issue here is with the NFL.

    If they want a “safer” game, they HAVE to clean this stuff up. Not fines, suspensions. Repeat offenders should be tracked and penalized accordingly, with the eventuality being, if you can’t play without the intent to injure, you have no right being on the field.

    If thats NOT what they want, just stop talking about player safety!

    I have no respect for the hypocrisy that exists right now. They’re not being true to the message they are trying to put forward.

  21. as a bears fan, i think he should be cut. he could have killed the dude, and has shown zero remorse, which is worse than the hit, imho.

    dan trevathan is another von burfict. get his subhuman garbage a$$ off the team.

  22. Maybe the hit itself deserves a suspension. But I just don’t see the intent here. Adams was not a defenseless receiver. He had caught the ball, and was a ball carrier. He was still moving and could have broken the tackle. He wasn’t stopped. He wasn’t held upright. He wasn’t in the air. He wasn’t “not looking” while trying to catch the ball. He dipped his head and was drilled while still moving, as a ball carrier. Yes, it was a bad helmet to helmet hit. Totally deserved a penalty. But I just do not see the intent here on a bang bang play.

  23. breadmeatcheese says:

    September 29, 2017 at 11:46 am

    as a bears fan, i think he should be cut. he could have killed the dude
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    Wow. Overreaction of the day. This is still football, right? Helmet to helmet hits are going to happen. “Could have killed the dude”. Maybe you should stop watching football.

  24. He lined up the hit 4 yards away and lowered his head to hit with the crown… 4 games.

    The refs need to be suspended a game for not calling the ejection… and clearly blowing the roughing the punter call. The ball was tipped??? What were they seeing… the ball was clean and 3 yards from the closest defender when it left his foot and launched.

  25. The refs need to be suspended a game for not calling the ejection… and clearly blowing the roughing the punter call. The ball was tipped??? What were they seeing… the ball was clean and 3 yards from the closest defender when it left his foot and launched.
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    I understand how they could miss that call in realtime.. and if McCarthy had a timeout left, he could have challenged and it would have been overturned.

    .. there’s no way ALL the refs missed the Adams hit. Its impossible.

  26. Once the anti-Trump protests have passed their usefulness, the same people gung ho today about players kneeling will get back to calling for the end of football, and will point to this hit as a reason why.

  27. When you look at the video, Trevathan’s hit was unnecessary and targeted the head. I think in particular, he saw an open route to hit a guy already engaged with other defenders and launched at Adams’ head. The hit was not meant to tackle, it was a shot made with the intent to hurt or injure.

    I don’t think there’s much question about a suspension. I think you look at 4 games due to the severity of the hit.

  28. If your a long term fan of the NFL you remember a penalty called spearing. That’s when a players drives their helmet into another player. It was a rare penalty in the past decades but it happens on almost every play in todays game. The players MUST learn how to properly tackle and stop leading with their helmets. Just watch an old game and you will clearly see the difference.

  29. I’m a Bears fan and that hit made me sick. Trevathan and guys like him shouldn’t be in the league. It was a ridiculous hit and I hope they suspend him for at least the remainder of the season. Absolute garbage!!!

  30. What ever happened to form tackling?

    I hate the “well we can’t go high, so they have to take cheapshot low blows” argument.

    Why does everyone ignore the massive area between the head and knees?

    Players should be driving their shoulder into the thighs, hips or stomach, while sliding their head off the the side, wrapping and taking down.

    It’s very basic football fundamentals 101. The head has no place in a tackles. It’s safe, but more importantly the most effective way to tackle.

  31. This is the cheapest shot I’ve seen on a Packer since Chad Clifton was leveled by Warren Crap. The NFL NEEDS to suspend this richard for at least 4 games just to set the tone and prevent others from thinking it’s negotiable to take shots like that.

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