Danny Trevathan on vicious hit on Davante Adams: 'It wasn't intentional'

Danny Trevathan on vicious hit on Davante Adams: 'It wasn't intentional'

GREEN BAY, Wisc. — Danny Trevathan’s helmet-to-helmet hit on Davante Adams will likely earn the Bears’ linebacker a fine, and possibly a suspension. But the message from both locker rooms after the Green Bay Packers’ 35-14 win on Thursday was clear: It wasn’t intentional, and unfortunately, that’s just football. 

The hit clearly rattled players on both teams — as soon as Adams went to the ground and wasn’t moving, Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee was seen frantically waving toward the Packers’ sideline to bring trainers out. Fortunately, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said after the game that “everything looks positive” for the 6-foot-2, 216 pound receiver. 

“I was just trying to make a play,” Trevathan said. “It wasn’t intentional. I was just trying to hustle to the ball and do my job, and unfortunately he ended up hurt. I’m sorry about that. 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 nobody.”

Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks had a clear view of the hit and had Trevathan’s back on it, too. 

“I told Danny, you’re just playing football, you’re just trying to make noise and bang pads and stuff that we’re asked to do,” Hicks said. “I know there was no malicious intent behind it. He’s just playing the game that he’s been playing since he was a young man.”

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he believes there wasn’t anything nefarious behind Trevathan’s hit, either. 

“He’s a tough player,” Rodgers said. “I don’t think he was intentionally trying to hurt Tae (Adams), but he did give him a good whack and unfortunately Tae got knocked out.”

Intentional or not, though, Trevathan could get hit with a suspension. For a Bears defense already missing two starting inside linebackers, losing Trevathan would be a massive blow. 

“I don’t think it should be a suspension, but you never know,” Trevathan said. “But just want to send a prayer out — my main concern is that he’s okay.” 

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who should the Bears sign, Allen Hurns or Cam Meredith?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who should the Bears sign, Allen Hurns or Cam Meredith?

On this episode of SportsTalk Live, Patrick Finley (Chicago Sun-Times), Chris Emma (670 The Score) and Ben Finfer join Luke Stuckmeyer on the panel.

Allen Robinson’s former Jaguars teammate is a free agent. Would signing Allen Hurns make sense for the Bears?

Plus, Loyola has traffic problems on the Road to the Final Four and the guys debate the biggest need for the Blackhawks heading into a long offseason.

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Kyle Fuller believes he's a Top 5 cornerback in the NFL

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Kyle Fuller believes he's a Top 5 cornerback in the NFL

Kyle Fuller caused a bit of a panic late Friday afternoon when a report dropped that he signed an offer sheet with the Green Bay Packers. For a few hours, the prospect — even if it was always unlikely — of the Bears losing their best cornerback to their arch rivals to the north loomed over Chicago. 

For Fuller, though, he said he barely had time to think about the possibility of cashing in on his breakout 2017 season with the Packers. The Bears quickly matched the offer sheet, officially announcing the four-year deal Tuesday that makes Fuller one of the highest-paid cornerbacks in the NFL. 

“It was crazy not really knowing what to expect,” Fuller said. “I would have never expected it. But when (the Packers’ offer sheet) came, it was definitely something to consider, just on the business side of it. At the end of the day, how it all played out, I’m definitely happy.”

Fuller sounded like someone who took a more passive role to his quasi-restricted free agency that was set about when the Bears placed the transition tag on him, allowing them to match any offer sheet that he were to sign. Fuller said he didn’t know all the details of what was going on with offer sheets coming in and negotiations with the Bears.

“I kinda was just getting the information from (my agents) and going with the flow of everything and knowing that at the end of the day it would end up working out,” Fuller said. 

The $14 million average annual value of Fuller’s contract ranks fifth among cornerbacks, behind only Washington’s Josh Norman ($15 million), New York’s Trumaine Johnson ($14.5 million) Minnesota’s Xavier Rhodes ($14.02 million) and Arizona’s Patrick Peterson ($14.01 million), according to Spotrac. 

Fuller said he considers himself a top-five cornerback in the league, and he played like someone who could wind up in that discussion in 2017. The 2014 first-round pick was one of four players to break up 20 or more passes last year, and he picked off two passes in December while providing excellent support against the run. 

“We could not be happier to have Kyle under contract for four more years,” general manager Ryan Pace said. “We feel he is an ascending player on our top 10 defense and we look forward to him having many more productive seasons here in Chicago.”