Danny Trevathan suspension reduced to one game on appeal

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Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan has had his suspension cut in half.

After Trevathan appealed the two-game suspension the NFL handed him last week, the league announced today that the suspension has been reduced to one game.

Former NFL linebacker Derrick Brooks served as the appeals officer and made the decision to take a game off from Trevathan’s suspension.

The suspension was for a brutal and illegal helmet-to-helmet hit that sent Packers receiver Davante Adams to the hospital on Thursday night. Although the hit was penalized and deserved to be, Trevathan has no history of dirty play, and Brooks apparently decided that one game would be enough to teach Trevathan not to do it again.

Trevathan will miss Monday night’s game against the Vikings and return next week at Baltimore.

65 responses to “Danny Trevathan suspension reduced to one game on appeal

  1. The whole appeal thing is a dog and pony show. On what grounds was it reduced…Brooks’ judgement vs. Runyan’s? Selling it as an “appeal” makes one think there has to be, you know, an actual reason for changing the outcome. But there isn’t. It’s whatever the last guy to hear it thinks. We see you, NFL.

  2. New defensive game plan:

    Begin game with a 2nd string LB, have him deliver head-to-head shot at other team’s best player, best player is out of game with concussion, bring back original, rinse & repeat next week with 3rd string LB

  3. These suspensions have no deterrent value because they are pointless.
    The NFL should just ask any offending player if he will accept punishment, and if so, how many games. If not, thank him for his time.

  4. 1 games, 2 games, bottom line is this is what Trevathan will be known for, reputation tarnished forever.

  5. i guess paralysis would be two games then.

    death would be 4, pending appeal, unless the player was a first time offender, of course.

  6. margoadams says:
    October 3, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    I guess the NFL isn’t serious about preventing head injuries.
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    You’re just now figuring that out?

  7. “Wait, all you did was seriously risk another player’s career and/or life? For a second we thought it was something serious, like an unsubstantiated rumor that you had slightly altered the pressure in a football. You’re free to go.”

  8. This is a joke. Two games were definitely warranted. That was a dirty hit — one of the most egregious I have ever seen — and it could have been avoided. But he lowered his helmet and tried to decapitate Adams.
    Tevathan and the NFL are lucky Adams wasn’t paralyzed.

  9. He didn’t come in high or intend to go helmet to helmet. He has no history of this kind of hit. His suspension was reduced, I’m assuming, because the individual considered his history and testimony.

    That was totally brutal though. Never seen a helmet do what Adams helmet did.

  10. The refs dropped the ball in assisting the league in getting this right, he should have been ejected that game, then suspended one.
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    The head ref needs a week off for sure.

    There is no way that call should have been missed. And there’s no way every guy on his team missed the hit.

    Just shameful.

  11. If Adams was standing upright, he gets hit in the chest. Since he was getting spun around, his dropped at least a foot. That resulted in helmet to helmet. The only reason he’s getting a one game suspension is all the whiny fans with their panties in a bunch.

    Not a Bronco fan
    Not a Bear fan
    Not a Trevathan fan

  12. stanleyhalas says:
    October 3, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    He didn’t come in high or intend to go helmet to helmet.
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    Of course he did, on both counts. He hit him square in the face mask with the crown of his helmet.

  13. shaggytoodle says:
    October 3, 2017 at 6:28 pm
    The refs dropped the ball in assisting the league in getting this right, he should have been ejected that game, then suspended one.
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    Struck me as more the other way around. The league dropped the ball on the officials by not making that type of play reviewable. If it were and the officials saw the way Trevathan led with the crown of his helmet there can be little doubt he would have been ejected.

  14. daysend564 says:
    October 3, 2017 at 6:55 pm
    If Adams was standing upright, he gets hit in the chest. Since he was getting spun around, his dropped at least a foot. That resulted in helmet to helmet. The only reason he’s getting a one game suspension is all the whiny fans with their panties in a bunch.

    Not a Bronco fan
    Not a Bear fan
    Not a Trevathan fan

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    You clearly do not understand or didn’t view the hot.
    The biggest thing you missed wasn’t exactly where he hit Adams. He lead with the crown of his Helmet. He could have also been called for spearing and possibly launching. You can’t taclke or hit with the crown. Also a defensless player or just pure old unessesarry roughness. NFL needed to uphold that they just told players it’s ok to do that.

  15. daysend564 says:
    October 3, 2017 at 6:55 pm
    If Adams was standing upright, he gets hit in the chest. Since he was getting spun around, his dropped at least a foot. That resulted in helmet to helmet.
    _____________

    I can agree the hit may not have been appeared as devastating, and he was spinning aroind and all rhat, but it doesnt matter where, leading with the crown of the helmet it is still illegal. Not only for offensive players safety, but those hits also cause damage to the defender.

    Its not fans getting whiney, it’s the Nfl getting a better understanding of what those kind of hits do to players in the long and even short term, that earned him that game.

  16. Why aren’t more people upset with the NFLPA? How can they look Adams in the eye and tell him they have his best interests at heart? He’s a member of the union too, but making sure Trevathon gets off is certainly more important to them; meaning player safety is NOT important to the NFLPA.

  17. it was a clean hit but they should fine eveyone for being soft now days.
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    So you just say stupid stuff in hopes of getting attention?

  18. Please correct me if I’m wrong, but I think even the dirtiest players in the NFL were considered clean and fair players until they delivered their first dirty, illegal and dangerous hit. If the players union is serious about player safety, police your own. The NFLPA gripes and moans about the League doing nothing to promote player safety, but I haven’t seen one current player stand up and say what EVERYONE knows, that was a dirty hit delivered by someone who now must be considered a dirty player. You can’t be a virgin anymore Danny.

  19. NFL is a joke. Burfict got 3 games for a hit that was not illegal, did not involve the head of either player nor was the guy who got hit being held by other defenders.

    Adam Archuleta in the broadcast last Sunday said as much, and said he believed that most of the time Burfict has been disciplined it’s been for hits that he, Archuleta, felt were clean.

    Bottom line, Burfict is the token “dirty” player in the NFL, and though it is unjust everybody buys in, including the Commissioner’s Office, referees and this Web site, because it absolves all the other players. Any objective person would see this — but almost all choose to believe the lie.

  20. Perhaps if they increased the suspension once in a while, it would curtail the constant appeals…and whining.

  21. So a precedent for nearly decapitating a man has beem set. Defensive players would have been irate with a heavy fine and serious suspension so the NFL, with the protest dispute going off, backed off. So when a player’s skull gets cracked, what does the league and NFLPA do then?

  22. I don’t see a problem with the hit – it took two to position their helmets so let the “victim” also serve a one game suspension so next time he’ll play with his head ouside of his body.

  23. Irony- Packer fans complaining about spearing while a certain Fabio-like Packer LB has made a career leading with his helmet.

  24. Serious question. Is there a bit of video that clearly shows that the crown or his facemask hit the receiver’s facemask? I can’t tell from the videos I’ve seen. They are all obstructed to some extent. From behind it looks like his head lowers as he makes contact. Adams head does snap back but anyone who ever played knows a facemask hit can totally do that.

  25. Lots of people upset here on the forum with a decision that was taken out of Goodell’s hands for appeal.

    People seem to be upset no matter what happens. Suspension held up? Too strict, NFL is going down. Suspension reduced? NFL doesn’t care about safety!

  26. theaveragecharlie says:

    October 3, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Guess you actually have to kill somebody to have more than a token vacation.
    ======================

    Not exactly. If your team, maybe, deflated air pressure, even though you cant prove it, and admit you have no evidence other than you want it to be true, that will cost your starting QB 4 games because “if” it happened, its more probable than not that the QB was generally aware of the deflation.

    If Travathon was “generally aware” that a kill shot would cause injury, he should have gotten 4 games. There is zero chance he didn’t know he was going to literally destroy that dude when decided to deliver that hit. Apparently he forgot he doesn’t play in Denver anymore

  27. Wait until the “Participation Trophy”. Children mature. NFL will become a version of Flag football and. The Super bowl will be awarded on a rotating basis! Remember the old adage: dancing is a contact sport, Football is a collision sport!

  28. I was sort of hoping the appeal process would look at the initial two games, tell Trevathan that because he’s appealing an already low suspension they are increasing it to 4 games…
    Or maybe say “You are suspended until Adams is cleared to play again… with no pay…”
    That might send a message…

  29. What a joke the nfl has become. I try to believe they actually care about player safety but a 1 game penalty for that flagrant hit tells me otherwise.

  30. Serious question. Is there a bit of video that clearly shows that the crown or his facemask hit the receiver’s facemask? I can’t tell from the videos I’ve seen. They are all obstructed to some extent. From behind it looks like his head lowers as he makes contact. Adams head does snap back but anyone who ever played knows a facemask hit can totally do that.
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    The YouTube clip of the broadcast footage is pretty clear.

    Adams is hit, not truly on the crown of his helmet, but definitely above his facemask.

    Adams did lower his head… but what does that matter? Seriously? The ONLY place Trevathan could hit him was his head. He couldn’t go lower, or he would have broken his teammates forearm. The head was the only target, and he took the shot, launching himself like a missle.

    .. I’m honestly not surprised by this. Its beyond obvious the League doesn’t care about their players or this would have been cleaned up years ago. So long as they stop their charade, I’m finished with my diatribes.

    If they continue with their hypocrisy, this should be thrown in their face at every turn.

  31. A head hunting linebacker made a decision to reduce the suspension of a head hunting linebacker. Meanwhile, Roger is nodding his head with a smile on his face.

  32. aarons444 says:
    October 4, 2017 at 11:17 am
    Serious question. Is there a bit of video that clearly shows that the crown or his facemask hit the receiver’s facemask? I can’t tell from the videos I’ve seen. They are all obstructed to some extent. From behind it looks like his head lowers as he makes contact. Adams head does snap back but anyone who ever played knows a facemask hit can totally do that.
    =====

    The YouTube clip of the broadcast footage is pretty clear.

    Adams is hit, not truly on the crown of his helmet, but definitely above his facemask.

    Adams did lower his head… but what does that matter? Seriously?

    I meant Trevathan’s head, not Adams. After watching over and over, and taking into account there was no flag until well after Ada=ms hit the ground I feel this was a case of bad optics rather than an overly vicious hit.

  33. Wow the fickle PFT crowd is now oh so delicate with football. The NFL doesn’t care about safety or head injuries. They care about making money. If you have ever believed that they cared about anything more than what would hurt their pocket, you’re mistaken.

    Seems no one understands he was not a defenseless player, he was a ball carrier after the catc–therefore he cannot be defenseless. There’s no rule against gang tackling. Danny is guilty of, leading with the crown, and unnecessary roughness for an illegal hit. This is not something Danny has done before, there’s no history of it for him.
    Everyone is so caught up in their own hot takes and faux outrage. Taking it so personal. He was penalized in the game, and now he will pay the penalty for the illegal hit, 1 game, 1 check. Seems about right for a first time offender.

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