Danny Trevathan suspension reduced

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 10: Danny Trevathan
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 10: Danny Trevathan /
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Danny Trevathan appealed his suspension and it was reduced from two games to one

Danny Trevathan is not known as a dirty player. He had never faced the league before for a dirty hit, and he was not even above average when it comes to personal fouls being called. That is why it was good news to see the NFL league office show some sympathy to Trevathan, who was suspended for two games after a violent hit against Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams. Fortunately for Trevathan, his appeal brought the suspension down to one game.

This is probably the right call. This is the first season that the NFL even implemented the rule that allows players to be suspended for out of line. The first player suspended was Vontaze Burfict, who could be labeled as a repeat offender with a long list of past accusations. His hit originally got him four games but was also reduced to three via appeal.

It is clear that without precedent and without a certain understanding of what the league is looking for that the interpretation of this rule is still pretty up in the air. It is smart for the league to wait, and give it a few test cases before going over the line or getting out of control on suspensions. This should be used more as a scare tactic, to prevent situations like this from occurring, rather than something the league is looking to implement on every single hit.

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Trevathan will miss a division game against the Minnesota Vikings but will return the following week, when the Bears head to Baltimore to take on the Ravens.