Packers fume over hit that hospitalized Adams
The Sports Xchange
GREEN BAY — “Disgusting.”
That was Green Bay Packers cornerback Davon House’s reaction to the helmet-to-helmet hit that sent his teammate, receiver Davante Adams, to a hospital.
With about five minutes to go in the third quarter of the Packers’ Thursday night game against Chicago, Aaron Rodgers completed a pass to Adams at the Bears 10-yard line. Adams was wrapped up by a couple of defenders when linebacker Danny Trevathan delivered a full-speed shot to Adams’ head with the crown of his helmet.
Adams’ mouthpiece flew out of his mouth as he fell to the ground. Fellow receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb immediately waved the training staff onto the field.
After being down for several minutes, Adams was carried off the field on a gurney. He raised his thumb to the crowd as he approached the locker room. Adams was taken to an area hospital to be evaluated for head and neck injuries, according to the team. He was conscious with movement in all his extremities.
“The news I was given on Davante is so far everything looks positive,” Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said. “He’s already giving them a hard time at the hospital to get out of there, so that’s a great a sign.”
Trevathan was penalized but not ejected.
“What I felt was 59 (Trevathan) came in and hit a defenseless player in the helmet area unnecessarily,” referee John Hussey said. However, he added, “From my perspective, I just didn’t see enough to have it rise to that level (for an ejection).”
The Packers scored on the next play, with Rodgers finding Nelson all alone to extend their lead to 28-7 en route to a 35-14 win. Upon crossing the goal line, Nelson took a knee in prayer for Adams.
Trevathan said he didn’t believe the hit was worthy of a suspension.
“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, and I’m going to reach out to him and try to send him a message. You know you play a physical game, but you never wish that on nobody.”
Rodgers said he didn’t think Trevathan was “intentionally trying to hurt” Adams, but that didn’t change the feeling in the locker room.
“That was (messed) up,” Green Bay tight end Martellus Bennett said.
Said House after being shown a video of the play: “Oh, God, that’s disgusting. That’s illegal. I didn’t see it like that (before). Oh, my goodness. ... That’s dirty. I didn’t see it like that. Yeah, that’s dirty. I don’t think we have any guys like that that would do anything malicious like that, but that is a dirty hit.”
It was another painful game for the Packers, who played without their top five offensive tackles — left guard Lane Taylor played left tackle for the first time in his life — and then lost running back Ty Montgomery to broken ribs.
“This was a big character win for us,” Rodgers said. “We thought it was going to be before the game with the lineup we were putting out there on the offensive line — basically four guards and a center. I’m really proud of the way they battled. And then, that’s just kind of what’s been going on with us — a lot of injuries. Randall missed a game, Jordy missed a game, (Adams) got knocked out of this one.
“Four tackles, two on (injured reserve), two out ... It’s been a no-excuses policy. We don’t make any excuses. The next guy up’s got to play and play well. And they’ve been doing it.”
The Packers started the game with no healthy offensive tackles. By early in the second quarter, they were down two of their three running backs.
On the opening series, Ty Montgomery carried five times for 28 yards before heading to the locker room. The team reported a chest injury; NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported broken ribs.
Fourth-round draft pick Jamaal Williams stepped into the game but limped off with 10:44 left in the second quarter. That left only fifth-round draft pick Aaron Jones, who hadn't played a snap from scrimmage, as the last remaining running back.
With starting offensive tackles David Bakhtiari (hamstring) and Bryan Bulaga (ankle) inactive and backup tackles Jason Spriggs, Kyle Murphy and Don Barclay on injured reserve, the Packers started a makeshift offensive line that didn't include any career tackles.
Left guard Lane Taylor started at left tackle with Lucas Patrick stepping in at left guard. Justin McCray, who competed at guard and center during training camp, started at right tackle. The only starters in their usual spots were center Corey Linsley and right guard Jahri Evans.
Green Bay led 14-0 after the first quarter. There was a 46-minute delay between quarters due to lightning.