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Why Bears linebacker Trevathan wasn't ejected for hit

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  • Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan was flagged for unnecessary roughness for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Davante Adams, and the Packers wide receiver had to be removed while strapped on a backboard.But Trevathan said he wasn't trying to hurt Adams.

    Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan was flagged for unnecessary roughness for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Davante Adams, and the Packers wide receiver had to be removed while strapped on a backboard.But Trevathan said he wasn't trying to hurt Adams.
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan was flagged for unnecessary roughness for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Davante Adams, and the Packers wide receiver had to be removed while strapped to a backboard.

Trevathan said he wasn't trying to hurt Adams, but the jolt sent his mouthpiece flying across the field.

"I was trying to make a play," Trevathan said. "It wasn't intentional. I was trying to do my job. We play a physical game, but you never wish that on nobody."

According to referee John Hussey, "The runner's progress was stopped. He was being stood up. That's when 59 (Trevathan) came in and what I felt was 59 came in and hit a defenseless player in the helmet area unnecessarily."

Asked why Trevathan was not ejected, Hussey said: "From my perspective, I just didn't see enough to have it rise to that level."

It's possible Trevathan could be suspended, and a fine seems likely.

"I don't think it should be a suspension," Trevathan said. "But my main concern is that he's OK. I never wish that on nobody, never want to see that, especially being hurt a couple times, I know how that is.

"I realized (how serious) it was, once he lay there for awhile, and when I saw his mouthpiece. I knew then and I immediately dropped down and started praying."

Next man up:

The Bears will miss the experience that 10-year veteran Quintin Demps (fractured forearm) brings, on and off the field. But his replacement, Adrian Amos, started his first two years before rookie Eddie Jackson beat him out in the preseason.

"Well, he's got experience and a leadership quality," defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said. "But I think we'll be fine in that regard. Eddie Jackson is not your normal rookie in those areas. He's got good presence out there. Amos has played a lot. I think we'll be fine."

Up to speed:

It didn't take long after quarterback Mike Glennon signed with the Bears on March 17, for him to be indoctrinated as to the importance of the Packers rivalry.

"Right when I got here, any interaction I had with any fan, the first thing they would say is, 'Beat the Packers,' " Glennon said. "So that immediately opened my eyes to the rivalry and how important it is to this city. I figured it was a big rivalry that's relatively close. But I didn't realize how passionate the fans really are about this game."

By the numbers:

The Bears and Packers entered Thursday night's game tied in the all-time series 94-94-6. The Packers' victory gave them their first series lead since 1933. … The Bears missed a chance to elevate to .500 for the first time since Week 6 of the 2014 season, when they were 3-3. They still haven't won a road game since Week 15 of the 2015 season. … Last week's overtime victory over the Steelers was the Bears' first September win under coach John Fox after nine consecutive losses. … Running back Tarik Cohen's 20 receptions through three games were tied for third most in the NFL and were the most ever by a Bears rookie. … The Packers and Bears have met in prime time for 12 consecutive seasons, including three straight Thursday night games in Green Bay. … Since the start of the 2014 season, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was 23-5 at home with a 109.7 passer rating before Thursday night's game.

Bears inactives were quarterback Mark Sanchez, safety Quintin Demps (fractured forearm), linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski (chest), center Hroniss Grasu (hand), running back Taquan Mizzell, defensive lineman John Jenkins and tight end Daniel Brown.

The Packers were without four starters, offensive tackles David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga, defensive lineman Mike Daniels and cornerback Davon House. They lost starting running back Ty Montgomery to a chest injury in the first quarter.

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