Western Bulldogs’ depth is set to be tested on Sunday, with in-form duo Matthew Boyd and Jack Redpath offered one-match AFL bans.
Boyd and Redpath both risk a two-game suspension if they challenge the match review panel’s verdict on Tuesday.
It will be a tough decision for Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge and his colleagues.
Both players would be sorely missed against Greater Western Sydney, who are coming off a five-game winning streak.
But the same can be said of the Bulldogs’ ensuing MCG clash with Collingwood.
Boyd was offered a week for striking Melbourne’s Tomas Bugg, while Redpath was punished for deliberately kneeing Ben Kennedy in the same match.
Boyd has been a steadying influence in a back line missing captain Bob Murphy (knee), Jason Johannisen (hamstring) and Matthew Suckling (knee).
Demons defender Neville Jetta is set to miss a week for striking Marcus Bontempelli, ruling him out of Sunday’s game against struggling Brisbane.
No other player was suspended following round eight.
Demons midfielder Bernie Vince was reported for rough conduct during Sunday’s MCG match.
But the match review panel cleared Vince over the bump on Mitch Wallis, ruling there was insufficient high contact.
Melbourne’s Cam Pedersen and Hawthorn young gun Taylor Duryea were handed fines for indiscretions.
Pedersen can accept a $1500 fine for his bump on Fletcher Roberts.
Duryea’s elbow to the head of Fremantle forward Hayden Ballantyne was graded as careless conduct and will only cost him $1000 with an early plea.
Port Adelaide midfielder Hamish Hartlett was cleared of striking Carlton’s Patrick Cripps in an incident that resulted in the young Blue hobbling off Etihad Stadium with a sore knee.