Pack­ers’ Adams back home

Re­ceiver ‘feel­ing great’ af­ter vi­cious hit by Bears LB

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - Sports - From wire re­ports

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Pack­ers re­ceiver Da­vante Adams tweeted Fri­day that he was at home and “feel­ing great” a day af­ter tak­ing a fright­en­ing hit from Chicago Bears line­backer Danny Tre­vathan.

Adams was taken off the field on a stretcher with about 4 min­utes left in the third quar­ter on Thurs­day night af­ter get­ting hit in the head dur­ing a tackle by Tre­vathan. The game was de­layed for about five min­utes while med­i­cal per­son­nel tended to Adams. He gave a thumbs-up sig­nal as he was wheeled off the field.

The Pack­ers said he was con­scious and taken to a hos­pi­tal for eval­u­a­tion for pos­si­ble head and neck in­juries, and that he had feel­ing in all of his ex­trem­i­ties.

Tre­vathan was called for an un­nec­es­sary rough­ness penalty af­ter Adams’ 8-yard catch, but wasn’t ejected and any fine wouldn’t come to light un­til next week. Green Bay won the game 35-14.

Pack­ers coach Mike McCarthy wouldn’t say Fri­day whether he be­lieves Tre­vathan should be sus­pended, although he left lit­tle doubt how he felt about the play.

“Bru­tal hit,” said McCarthy. “It’s a hel­met-to­hel­met 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.”

Tre­vathan said he didn’t re­al­ize im­me­di­ately how vi­cious his hit had been.

“I was just try­ing to make a play,” said Tre­vathan. “It wasn’t in­ten­tional. I was just try­ing to hus­tle to the ball and do my job. Un­for­tu­nately, he wound up hurt. I’m sorry about that. And 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 any­body.”

Adams was one of sev­eral play­ers the al­ready banged-up Pack­ers lost dur­ing the game, as start­ing run­ning back Ty Mont­gomery suf­fered bro­ken ribs on the open­ing pos­ses­sion of the game and No. 2 run­ning back Ja­maal Wil­liams left in the sec­ond quar­ter with a knee in­jury. The Pack­ers were al­ready with­out their top five of­fen­sive tack­les — in­clud­ing starters David Bakhtiari (ham­string) and Bryan Bu­laga (an­kle) — as well as de­fen­sive tackle Mike Daniels (hip) go­ing into the game.

Tennessee was one of three teams that stayed in the locker room last week, join­ing Seat­tle and Pitts­burgh. $9,115 for taunt­ing.

Jets rookie safety Ja­mal Adams and Min­nesota cor­ner­back Xavier Rhodes were docked the same amount for taunt­ing.

Jets line­backer Dar­ron Lee drew an $18,231 fine for a late hit on Mi­ami quar­ter­back Jay Cut­ler.

Seat­tle cor­ner­back Richard Sher­man was fined $12,154 for un­nec­es­sary rough­ness, while Den­ver’s Will Parks was docked $9,115, also for un­nec­es­sary rough­ness.

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

The Pack­ers’ Da­vante Adams is hit by the Bears’ Adrian Amos and Danny Tre­vathan in the sec­ond half Thurs­day. The Bears were pe­nal­ized on the play, and Adams was taken off the field on a stretcher.

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