Dangerfield banned for three AFL games

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Siri has proved no help to Patrick Dangerfield with the Geelong superstar suspended for three AFL games.

Dangerfield will miss the Cats' blockbuster clash with the Brisbane Lions after failing in his attempt to downgrade the grading impact from severe impact to high after his case was referred directly to the tribunal.

The eight-time All-Australian pleaded guilty to his rough conduct charge for a bump which left Adelaide's Jake Kelly concussed and with a broken nose during the Crows' opening-round upset of the Cats.

AFL match review officer Michael Christian classified Saturday's incident at the Adelaide Oval as careless conduct, severe impact and high contact.

Dangerfield said he accepted the tribunal's verdict and ruled out appealing the decision.

"Disappointed, but I certainly understand it," he told Seven News after the verdict.

"I appreciate in the current climate how we need to make sure we protect the health and safety of players and respect concussion."

Geelong's lawyer Ben Ihle cited numerous "worse" examples of severe impact and argued Dangerfield employed a "good bumping technique".

Ihle even asked Apple's virtual assistant Siri for a definition of severe, as well as bringing up two dictionary definitions, before relaying that to the tribunal jury.

"(Dangerfield) accepts that the conduct constituted a reportable offence but does not accept the grading of severe," Ihle told the tribunal.

"If there had not been a head clash, he would not have been reported."

The AFL's legal counsel Jeff Gleeson argued Kelly had no reason to expect the bump would be so forceful and believed the Crows player could have suffered even greater injuries.

"It could have resulted in neck damage and cheekbone damage," Gleeson told the tribunal, which agreed with his recommendation of a three-game ban.

Dangerfield's absence will be significant as the Cats aim to rebound on Friday night at GMHBA Stadium against the Lions, who are also reeling from a shock round-one loss.

The suspension also means the 2016 Brownlow Medal winner is ineligible for the game's most prestigious individual award this year.

Geelong coach Chris Scott said Dangerfield was suffering from a "sore head" after Saturday's collision with Kelly.

"It's going to be a long season and we're really confident that he'll bounce back from this," Scott said earlier on Tuesday.

Dangerfield will also miss games against Hawthorn and Melbourne and be eligible to return for the Cats' clash with North Melbourne on April 18.