NFL Could Suspend Bears’ Danny Trevathan For Dirty Hit

NFL Could Suspend Bears’ Danny Trevathan For Dirty HitAfter the hit that was felt around the world on Thursday night, many are saying that Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan should be suspended.

In the third quarter of the Chicago Bears’ 34-10 loss to the Green Packers, Packers receiver Davante Adams was going for more yards from the 16-yard line. Though the Bears already had Adams covered in the red zone, Trevathan came in and collided helmet-to-helmet with the receiver. The dirty hit was hard enough to see Adams’ mouthpiece go flying in the air.

Adams lay there motionless while medics came and transported the wide receiver to the hospital for evaluation. Though it was reported that Adams had movement in all extremities, there is no update as of yet regarding the nature of his head injury.

"None of this is intentional," stated Bears coach John Fox after the game. "You never want to see anybody hurt, ours or theirs."

Even with Fox believing the hit was unintentional, it seems likely and fair that discipline by the NFL will follow. Trevathan’s actions did result in a 15-yard penalty for the Bears, which many have criticized for not also including ejection. When you consider that the 15-yard penalty was also given to reprimand Odell Beckham for his touchdown celebration which did not result in trainers and medics running to the field, it does seem a bit lopsided.

The NFL approved a rule in the offseason that would allow for certain illegal hits to be punishable by instant ejection and/or suspension. The new stipulation is designed to deter players from making “catastrophic” hits by enforcing a more severe consequence.

The events that occurred on Thursday are a prime example of the incidents that the NFL is trying to prevent. That is why regardless of coach Fox or Trevathan pleading that the hit was unintentional, discipline is sure to follow. It would be shocking if the linebacker is eligible to play during the October 9th matchup against the Minnesota Vikings.

“You never wish that on nobody,” said Trevathan. “You never want to see that. But this game is physical and it happens. Hopefully (the NFL) can see my half of it.”

If you’re concerned about your fantasy lineup or the betting odds for the Chicago Bears, a potential suspension could impact both. The Week 4 matchup saw Trevathan posting his best game of the season, collecting 13 tackles in the Packers matchup. If Trevathan does not play next week, keep in mind the impact on Chicago’s defense when making your Bears over/under picks. On the fantasy front, knows that you would not include Trevathan in your daily lineup, but the linebacker could be a valuable IDP option.

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