Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan has been suspended for two games by the NFL for his illegal hit on Packers receiver Davante Adams in Thursday night's game in Green Bay.
Adams was being held up by Bears safety Adrian Amos after a short reception when Trevathan delivered a helmet-to-helmet hit that drew a 15-yard penalty. Adams was removed from the field on a stretcher and taken to an area hospital with head and neck injuries.
Danny Trevathan will miss upcoming games against the Vikings and Ravens.
The NFL said that Trevathan violated Rule 12, Section 2, Article 6 (i), which starts that "there shall be no unnecessary roughness. This shall include, but will not be limited to: (i) using any part of a player's helmet or facemask to butt, spear, or ram an opponent violently or unnecessarily."
Speaking to reporters after the game, Trevathan expressed concern for Adams and stressed that he was not trying to hurt the Packers receiver.
"I was just trying to make a play," Trevathan said following the Bears' 35-14 loss. "It wasn't intentional. I was just trying to hustle to the ball and do my job. Unfortunately, he ended up hurt. I'm sorry about that. 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."
Bears coach John Fox echoed those comments Friday, saying: "You never want to see anybody get hurt. Danny Trevathan's not a dirty player and he's not out to hurt anybody. They're part of the game. People will look at it, but there was nothing intentional about it by any stretch."
Trevathan will be eligible to return to the Bears' active roster on Monday, Oct. 16, one day after the team's game against the Ravens in Baltimore.
Trevathan has three business days to appeal the suspension. Appeals are heard and decided by either Derrick Brooks or James Thrash, the officers jointly and compensated by the NFL and NFLPA to decide appeals of on-field player discipline.