Beloved Melbourne midfielder Nathan Jones may have played his final AFL game after succumbing to an injury that is likely to end his season.
The former Demons skipper, who is out-of-contract at the of this campaign, will be sidelined for up to four weeks after suffering a quad injury in his team's shock 21-point defeat to Sydney last Thursday.
With just three home-and-away matches remaining, Jones will need Melbourne to make a deep finals run to be any chance of playing again in 2020.
Jones has played the second-most games (294) in Melbourne's long history, with record holder David Neitz (306) the club's only 300-game player.
It isn't just the 32-year-old Jones who will miss the Demons' crucial clash with Fremantle at Cazaly Stadium in Cairns on Monday night.
Fellow hard-nosed midfielders Angus Brayshaw (foot) and James Harmes (hamstring) will miss at least the Dockers game but could return for Saturday's game against Greater Western Sydney at the Gabba.
By losing to the Swans, the Demons blew a golden opportunity to consolidate their spot in the top-eight, which allowed the Giants to replace them in eighth on the ladder.
Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin slammed parts of his team's performance as not up to AFL standard and has made seven changes before taking on the Dockers.
Mitch Brown, Oscar McDonald, Charlie Spargo and Josh Wagner have been axed, while vital defender Michael Hibberd, ruckman Braydon Preuss and Aaron vandenBerg headline the inclusions.
"Our destiny's in our own hands of where the season's going to go from here," Goodwin told reporters.
"We can't look ahead to two weeks down the track, or next week.
"We've got to look at what's right in front of us, and that's Fremantle."
Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir will go in with the same team that kicked just four goals in Tuesday's 27-point defeat to reigning premiers Richmond.
"We need to rejig our forward line a little bit, create the right roles for our players and see if we can maximise the inside 50s," Longmuir said.
"There's no point us winning the clearances by so much if we can't score."