The vicious hit delivered by Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan that sent Packers receiver Davante Adams to the hospital garnered a suspension on Saturday, but it’s one that’s a little lighter today:
Appeals officer Derrick Brooks, jointly appointed by NFL & NFLPA, has reduced suspension of Danny Trevathan from 2 games to 1 game
— Michael Signora (@NFLfootballinfo) October 3, 2017
Trevathan appealed his suspension, which was reduced from two games to one upon review by appeals officer Derrick Brooks. The NFL and NFLPA appointed Brooks (a five-time first-team All-Pro and 11-time Pro Bowl Hall of Fame linebacker) and James Thrash (a retired 12-year veteran receiver) to hear Trevathan’s appeal, and concluded to trim his suspension by a game. Taking the play into consideration, it makes sense the appeal was heard by a former linebacker and former receiver because they know – more than anyone – how that kind of play happens.
For Trevathan, his one-game suspension is a first offense … at it will be a costly one for a Chicago Bears team already without two of its starting inside linebackers. And while Trevathan will be just a spectator for Mitch Trubisky’s debut on Monday Night Football, he will be back for Week 6 when the Bears take on the Baltimore Ravens.
With Trevathan on the sidelines, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio will attempt to piece together an inside linebacker rotation with Christian Jones, John Timu, and Jonathan Anderson. All three have starting experience with the Bears, but experience alone won’t make up for what Trevathan brought to the table.