Packers Davante Adams back home after suffering vicious hit

Wide receiver taken off field on stretcher
Davante Adams taken off field on stretcher
Davante Adams taken off field on stretcher
Posted at 11:04 PM, Sep 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-29 16:06:49-04

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The news appears to be positive on the status of Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams who was taken off the field on a stretcher during Thursday night's game. 

Adams was injured with about 4 minutes left in the third quarter against the Chicago Bears after getting hit in the head during a tackle by Danny Trevathan.

Adams tweeted Friday that he was "at home" and "feeling great." 

The game was delayed for about 5 minutes while medical personnel tended to Adams. He gave a thumbs-up signal as he was wheeled off the field.

The Packers said Adams was conscious and taken to a hospital for evaluation for possible head and neck injuries, and that he had feeling in all of his extremities.

Trevathan was called for an unnecessary roughness penalty following Adams' 8-yard catch to the Chicago 8.

At a Friday afternoon news conference, coach Mike McCarthy said Adams was under the concussion protocol and it was too early to tell what his status will be going forward.

"Brutal hit, it was a helmet to helmet hit, Davante was in a compromised position," McCarthy said.

It's unclear whether Trevathan will face further punishment for the hit, but Packers radio play-by-play announcer Wayne Larrivee says it's likely. 

"Yes, he should have been ejected from the game, but you have to remember these are bang-bang plays, and the whistle had not sounded from what I understand, and that's why Trevathian went in with that hit, but he went in lowered the helmet, and that's the thing they're trying to get out of the game, helmet-to-helmet contact, especially the targeting type mode like that," Larrivee said. 

Packers starting running back Ty Montgomery was knocked out in the first quarter with a chest injury. Montgomery had five carries for 28 yards on the opening series of the game before leaving with about 10 minutes left in the first quarter.

He was replaced by rookie Jamaal Williams, who was knocked out midway through the second quarter with a knee injury. Linebacker Joe Thomas also the game with an ankle injury.

The Packers led 28-7 in a game that was also delayed about 45 minutes between the first and second quarters because of a lightning storm. Both teams were coming off overtime wins Sunday.

Green Bay in particular has been hit hard by injuries this season. The Packers had to shuffle their offensive line with starting tackles David Bakhtiari (hamstring) and Bryan Bulaga (ankle) already out with injuries.