Published: Sat, September 30, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Trevathan Could Face League Discipline After Brutal Hit on Adams

Trevathan Could Face League Discipline After Brutal Hit on Adams

The Bears were penalized on the play and Adams was taken off the field on a stretcher.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Trevathan said he wasn't trying to intentionally hurt Adams.

It didn't look that way when Trevathan lowered the boom on Adams in the red zone. I'm really proud of the way they battled.

For his part, Trevathan did apologize for the hit after the game. We don't go by these new, and very much softer, National Football League rules.

"I don't like anybody celebrating when a guy gets carted off the field", Rodgers said. White followed by saying how unfortunate the hit was but added that football is "all reaction" and he did not think the hit was on objective. He followed with "The man didn't try to hit him n the head like that". "A lot of people who don't truly understand the violence of football get paid to comment on things that happen naturally during a game". "I'm not a dirty player, so I don't think it was a dirty hit".

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SOAPBOX TIME: Do I think Trevathan did it on objective? "Hopefully, they can see my half of it".

For a league that has taken domestic violence punishments to the next level, it's time the league addresses hits such as Trevathan's up in a similar fashion. The NFL's version of it, however, is far less strict. Replays of the hit clearly show Trevathan lowering his head and hitting Adams high and hard with the crown of his helmet.

The NFL also instituted a centralized replay system this season, meaning calls on anything subject to review are made by the operations team at the league's headquarters in NY.

If nothing else, there should be a more structured review process for in-game rulings. The NFL should borrow from, if not outright duplicate, the collegiate targeting rule. Since its inception, the NCAA has seen an increase in overall ejections, but also a concerted effort by players to engage ball-carriers and receivers in a more careful fashion. They want to hit!

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