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.”