GREEN BAY – Twirling a football in his hands, Green Bay Packers receiver Davante Adams walked through the locker room Tuesday with Aaron Rodgers by his side.
Adams, working through his second concussion this season and third in 14 months, was unavailable to speak with reporters. He remains in the league’s return protocol, but teammates have frequently checked on the Packers top receiver’s wellbeing.
“He’s very frustrated,” fellow receiver Randall Cobb said. “It sucks. It sucks to be in that position, but that’s where he is, and his health is most important right now.”
Adams was knocked out of Sunday’s game after taking an illegal, blindside block from Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis. It was the second illegal hit that’s given Adams a concussion this season. The fourth-year receiver, who becomes a free agent this spring, also received a concussion from an illegal helmet-to-helmet hit from Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan in September.
Davis, a repeat offender, had his initial two-game suspension reduced by appeals officer James Thrash, the league announced Tuesday. Thrash was jointly appointed by the NFL and NFLPA. It’s the identical suspension Trevathan received earlier this season. Trevathan’s initial two-game suspension was also reduced to one game upon appeal.
Adams isn’t the only one inside the Packers locker room frustrated with how common illegal hits continue to occur.
“It’s (expletive),” Cobb said. “Excuse my language, but there’s no place in this game for that. It’s already a violent enough game, and we put our lives on the line every single time we take that field. Unnecessary hits like that in a situation like Davante was in this past week, it’s uncalled for.”