Danny Trevathan’s suspension has been reduced to one-game

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Danny Trevathan was originally suspended two games for his hit on Davante Adams. After his appeal, it was reduced to one game. Should he have even been suspended in the first place?

Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan is one of the better middle linebackers in the NFL. Not only is he a good player, but he also plays the game the “right” way. He hustles and plays aggressively, which was on display against the Green Bay Packers last Thursday night.

However, his aggressive play led to a gruesome hit on Packers’ wide receiver Davante Adams, who collapsed to the ground and was taken to the hospital. Here is a video of Fox Sports’ NFL rules experts Mike Pereira and Dean Blandino explaining why Trevathan should be suspended:

While it was an ugly hit, I do not believe that it was worthy of a suspension. It was worthy of a fine and a penalty, but not a suspension. However, the league has to send a message to the fans that they are trying to take away helmet-to-helmet contact, so Trevathan received a two-game suspension.

It looks like Trevathan goes in with his helmet below Adams’ head. Adams gets pushed back by his offensive lineman, and his head dips down, right before Trevathan makes contact. Unfortunate, for sure, but it was not on purpose.

Trevathan appealed his two-game suspension on September 30th, and a ruling was made on it, today.

It is not surprising that it was reduced. Trevathan has no history of dirty play, unlike Cincinnati Bengals’ linebacker Vontaze Burfict.

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This means that Trevathan will only miss the Monday Night Football game against the Minnesota Vikings. He will return against the Baltimore Ravens, in week 6, which is a good thing considering the Ravens like to run the football.

Even for one game, his loss will be huge, considering Jerrell Freeman and Nick Kwiatkiski are hurt. It will be up to Christian Jones and John Timu to fill the void. Their job should be a little easier, since Vikings’ running back Dalvin Cook, sadly, tore his ACL in week 4.

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We will find out on Monday night whether or not they are up to the task of filling the big shoes of Trevathan.