Last night's (Thurs. September 28, 2017) Thursday Night Football game between longtime division rivals the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears presented football fans with the biggest hit of the 2017 NFL season.
The Bears and Packers always have some of the most physical and hard-hitting games given their genuine dislike for one another, but Bears' linebacker Danny Travathan took things to a whole other level last night. While the Bears were struggling greatly on offense, as quarterback Mike Glennon was responsible for over three turnovers on the night, the Bears actually had some decent moments on the defensive side of the ball.
With little to no help on offense, however, Packers frontman Aaron Rodgers was able to take advantage of a gassed Bears defense and lit up the secondary for four touchdowns through the air. One key reason for Rodgers' success in the passing game was none other than Davante Adams.
Adams reeled in a touchdown pass himself in the early portion of the game, but it was a catch later on in the night that left Packers fans in awe after Adams ate a tremendous hit from Travathan. Travathan seemed to lower his shoulder and attack the head and neck area of Adams, which is illegal to target on a receiver or runner.
Immediately Packers teammates began calling for trainer's help as his mouthpiece flew out of him mouth and he seemed to have been knocked unconscious. This sparked a bit of a physical confrontation between Travathan and a few of Adams teammates, who were understandably upset by the hit.
You can check out the hit here:
In a post-game interview, Travathan admitted that the hit was not intentional and that he will be checking up on Adams later to make sure he's okay (quotes via NFL.com):
"I was just trying to make a play. It wasn't intentional. I was just trying to do my job and he ended up getting hurt," Trevathan said. "I'm sorry about that and I'm going to reach out to him."
"I don't think it should be a suspension, but you never know. I'm just going to send a prayer out. My main concern was that he's OK.
"We'll see. I'm sure [the NFL will] look at it. It was a flag. I'll be ready for whatever they throw my way. "I'm not a dirty player, so I don't think it was a dirty hit."
What are your thoughts on Travathan's hit on Adams? Did Travathan deliver the illegal hit intentionally? Or was it merely an accident in the heat of competition? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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