Earlier today, the NFL announced that Chicago Bears inside linebacker Danny Trevathan has been suspended for two games without pay for the unnecessary roughness penalty he received in Thursday night’s game against the Green Bay Packers.
The NFL press release stated that, “NFL Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan issued the suspension for a violation of Rule 12, Section 2, Article 6 (i) which states that 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 or unnecessarily.”
It is already being widely reported that Trevathan will appeal the suspension.
If Trevathan loses his appeal, he will be eligible to return to the Bears’ active roster following their October 15th game against the Baltimore Ravens.
After the game, Trevathan told reporters, "I was just trying to make a play. It wasn't intentional. I was just trying to do my job and he ended up getting hurt. I'm sorry about that and I'm going to reach out to him." He added, "I don't think it should be a suspension, but you never know. I'm just going to send a prayer out. My main concern was that he's OK."
Here’a another angle on the hit form an Olin Kreutz Tweet.
Trevathon is the Right LBer in this pic. Reads screen and reacts to the ball. No intent to hurt. Playing hard. pic.twitter.com/OlUMWCTXa2— Olin kreutz (@olin_kreutz) September 29, 2017
Adams went to the hospital after the hit, but he was released on Friday and he tweeted out the following.
At home feeling great. Appreciate the prayers— Davante Adams (@tae15adams) September 29, 2017
Our own Robert Zeglinski had a take that many of us shared.
That hit by Danny Trevathan is absolutely suspension worthy however I also think it wasn't malicious and intended. Both things can be true.— Robert Zeglinski (@RobertZeglinski) September 29, 2017
On the football side of things for the Bears, they are already without ILBs Jerrell Freeman, who is on injured reserve, and Nick Kwiatkoski, who has been nursing a pec injury.
Christian Jones, John Timu and Jonathan Anderson are the remaining ILBs on the current roster.
If the suspension is reduced to one game, Trevathan will be eligible for a return after the Bears’ next game, which is a Monday nighter against the Minnesota Vikings.