Davante Adams: Thomas Davis Was 'Head Hunting' on Hit That Led to Concussion

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistDecember 18, 2017

Green Bay Packers' Davante Adams (17) is helped off the field after being injured against the Carolina Panthers during the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams claimed that Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis was "head-hunting" after he blindsided Adams with a hit to the head after an Aaron Rodgers interception on Sunday.

Davis apologized for the hit on Twitter: 

Adams wasn't having that apology, however: 

He continued: "Look it's football but no room for s--t like that. We supposed to be in this together n look out for one another not mess with a mans livelihood and hand out unnecessary concussions. We all got mouths to feed what if I did that to him and his kids cant eat..."

"Not the type to rant but when u go through this s--t twice in a year it takes a lil toll on u so excuse me," Adams concluded.

Davis was penalized 15 yards for the illegal hit, but Adams was forced to leave the game with his third concussion in the past two years.

Adams' teammates, meanwhile, weren't happy with the hit either.

"I was pretty pissed off at first when I saw the replay at how unnecessary it was," wideout Randall Cobb said after the game, per Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. "But once I saw 'Tae' moving, he was alright and I was happy to see he was able to walk off the field."

"I saw the reaction on our sideline. I know a lot of guys thought it was a dirty hit," head coach Mike McCarthy added, though he noted he would wait to formulate his own opinion on the incident until watching the play on film.

Rodgers, meanwhile, was concerned for Adam's health after taking such a big blow to the head.

"I'm obviously concerned when he's not out there and he goes in [the locker room]. He had the rough one at home against Chicago, came back in a week," Rodgers noted, referencing Adams' previous concussion this year after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan in early October. "Everybody's brain responds differently to traumatic contact like that. I hope he's able to respond favorably."

An NFL spokesperson acknowledged the league would review the hit and that Thomas could be facing additional discipline, per Demovsky. 

Adams has been Green Bay's best receiver this past season, registering 74 receptions for 885 yards and 10 touchdowns.

While the Packers' playoff hopes are questionable following Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Panthers—an Atlanta Falcons victory Monday night will eliminate Green Bay from the playoffs due to the Falcons winning the head-to-head matchup between the teams—losing Adams would be tough to overcome for a Packers team that must beat the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions down the stretch to have any chance of climbing back into the postseason picture. 

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