Green Bay Packers and former Fresno State star Davante Adams suffered a concussion after what some called a dirty hit during the NFL’s Thursday Night Football game.
Adams took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan as the Packers receiver was being slowed up by another defender in the third quarter. Adams left on a stretcher and spent Thursday night at a Green Bay hospital.
Friday, he tweeted that he was at home and “feeling great.” Adams has a concussion, the NFL Network reported Friday.
Adams, 24, who had caught a first-quarter touchdown, had his mouth guard knocked out and seemed to be motionless on the grass after the hit.
“Oh no,” TV commentator and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo said on the broadcast. “That looked bad.”
Trevathan was called for a personal foul for “hitting a runner in the helmet area” but was not ejected.
“That’s got to be a defenseless receiver,” Romo said. “You can’t hit to the neck or helmet. …
“That’s not OK right there,” Romo added while re-watching the play in slow motion. “This guy is already wrapped up.
Adams, who is in his fourth season in the NFL, gave a thumbs-up signal as he was carted off the field.
The game was delayed for about 5 minutes as medical personnel examined Adams.
Reports quickly stated that Adams had feeling in all extremities.
Adams, who played for Fresno State from 2012-13, is arguably the most dynamic receiver in school history.
He owns five Bulldogs records, including career marks of 233 receptions and 38 touchdowns and single-season totals of 131 receptions, 1,718 receiving yards and 24 TDs.
Many of Adams’ former Fresno State teammates expressed their worries via social media after learning of the hit or seeing it on CBS’ national TV broadcast.
Among them was Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, who was on the throwing end during Adams’ great Bulldogs seasons.
While many others also expressed concern for Adams, Trevathan was on the receiving end of a flood of criticism.
They wondered why he was not ejected, and plenty called for a suspension of a few games or the rest of the season.
Someone even edited Trevathan’s Wikipedia page to express their opinion of the hit.
The Packers beat the Bears 35-14.
Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy gave reporters an update on Adams after the game.
“The news that I was given on Davante, so far, everything looks positive,” McCarthy said. “He’s already giving them a hard time at the hospital to get out of there so that’s a great sign.”
Packers, Bear react
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers approached Trevathan after the hit. He later absolved him of intentionally trying to hurt Adams, the New York Times reported.
“I trust when Danny said he wasn’t intentionally trying to hit him like that,” Rodgers said. “He is one of the hardest-hitting players in the NFL. He made a hit on one of our guys last year in the hole that was one of the hardest hits I’ve ever heard. But I don’t think he was intentionally trying to hurt ‘Tae.’”
Trevathan was whistled for a personal foul for the hit, penalized for “hitting a player in the helmet area,” as the officials said. He was not ejected. Referee John Hussey told reporters after the game, “From my perspective I just didn’t see enough to have it rise to that level.”
Trevathan could potentially face suspension or other disciplinary action from the league for the hit.
“You never wish that on nobody,” Trevathan said after the game. “My main concern is that he’s OK.”
Packers coach Mike McCarthy wouldn’t say Friday whether he believes Trevathan should be suspended, though he left little doubt how he felt about the play.
“Brutal hit,” McCarthy said. “It’s a helmet-to-helmet hit. Davante was in a compromised position. Obviously, like everything in our game, it’s evaluated and I’m sure there will be continued conversation going on through the channels long past today.”
Asked if Trevathan should have been ejected for the hit, McCarthy replied, “There’s rules, application of rules and the ability to make the right call. My focus is really on the player safety aspect of it.”
McCarthy and a number of players visited Adams in the hospital Thursday night.
“It was definitely a scary moment,” said wide receiver Randall Cobb, who was one of the players who waved over to the Packers’ sideline for the medical staff immediately after the hit.