Patrick Dangerfield is staring down the barrel of an enormous AFL suspension after being despatched on to the AFL Tribunal for his bump on the Adelaide Crows’ Jake Kelly.
The second-quarter bump brought about a head conflict between Dangerfield and Kelly, leaving the latter knocked out on the Adelaide Oval turf on Saturday afternoon.
The AFL’s match evaluation panel deemed the hit careless conduct, extreme affect (the best grading) and excessive contact.
Kelly was popping out of defence and acquired a handball away earlier than Dangerfield made contact. Kelly left the sport on a stretcher and didn’t return.
Whereas his shoulder didn’t hit Kelly’s head, Dangerfield’s choice to bump, fairly than merely brace himself for unavoidable contact, means he’s dealing with a probably lengthy stint on the sidelines.
Increase Brisbane recruit Joe Daniher can settle for a $2,000 fantastic with an early responsible plea for his strike on Sydney defender Dane Rampe.
Essendon duo Mason Redman and Nik Cox may also settle for $2,000 fines after being charged with tough conduct and placing respectively.