In scenes reminiscent of John Sattler, South Sydney coach Michael Maguire has revealed Adam Reynolds returned to the field with a suspected broken jaw in their 30-8 NRL loss to Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium.
NSW Origin hopeful Reynolds will undergo scans and know by Monday whether he has suffered a jaw fracture for the second time this season.
Reynolds left the field after copping a 56th-minute high shot from Brisbane prop Adam Blair that went on report on Friday night.
The Rabbitohs playmaker was in just his second game back from a jaw injury suffered in round one.
Yet remarkably Reynolds demanded to return in the second half despite nursing a suspected fracture after South Sydney fought back to trail 14-8 before Brisbane found another gear.
“They (medical staff) do their assessments but players make those courage calls and he felt he wanted to get back out there for the team,” Maguire said of Reynolds.
Asked about Reynolds’ injury, Maguire said: “It’s not looking great”.
Maguire admitted he had to be tight-lipped about Blair’s tackle in order not to influence the match review committee.
But he added: “If he has another broken jaw he collected him in the head, simple as that.”
Another broken jaw would be a cruel blow to Reynolds just as he had hoped to stake a NSW Origin No.7 claim ahead of June’s series opener in Sydney.
Rabbitohs centre and former Queensland flyer Dane Nielsen dipped his hat to Reynolds after word filtered out about the halfback’s second half heroics.
“He is a tough fella. He punches above his weight,” he said.
“He is the smallest bloke on our team and plays tough week in, week out and that was his 100th game.
“Hopefully he hasn’t done anything more with his jaw.”
Reynolds was not the only casualty of a spiteful NRL clash.
South Sydney centre Hymel Hunt was inconsolable in the dressing sheds after suffering a suspected pectoral tear in the seventh minute.
Paul Carter came off the field for treatment after copping a 55th-minute high shot from Joe Ofahengaue that was placed on report but later returned.
Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett was not concerned about his players being booked.
“There was nothing serious, nothing that put the game into disrepute, nothing to spend three of four weeks out of the game for which is important,” he said.
Meanwhile, Maguire hoped forward George Burgess (groin) would be available next round after being a last minute withdrawal against Brisbane.
“He’s been struggling the last month, people don’t know that,” Maguire said.
“People have been having pot shots at him the way he has been playing.
“He just got to a period at training where it became too sore.
“If he is able to come back next week he will put his hand up because he is very passionate about this club.”