Zac Lomax and Daniel Alvaro's St George Illawarra absence could be extended even longer with the Dragons unsure when they will be able to enter Queensland.
Lomax and Alvaro were the only two of the Dragons' dirty dozen not to sign statements verifying the details of Paul Vaughan's illegal barbecue a fortnight ago.
As a result the NRL refused to release them out of a COVID hold, stopping them from rejoining the Dragons and flying north with the squad.
The duo had been expected to fly up with families this weekend and quarantine separately, however uncertainty around that travel has now left them in limbo.
The Queensland Government are yet to sign off on plans to move players' families north, upsetting several players and staff.
The news has already ruled Benji Marshall out of South Sydney's clash with Canterbury on Sunday, after it was agreed he could spend extra days in Sydney and also fly up with families.
But the implications could be far longer lasting for the Dragons pair, given they will have to spend two weeks away from their team before returning to training and playing.
"They're like a few people. They are stuck in Sydney like the families," Dragons coach Anthony Griffin said.
"I'm not sure where that's at at the moment. It's been a crazy week."
Any prolonged absence would be another blow for the Dragons, who are already stretched for numbers.
Matt Dufty, Tyrrell Fuimaono and Kaide Ellis sat out Friday night's 32-18 loss to Manly, and another three are likely to serve their one-game ban against Gold Coast next week.
Forward Poasa Faamausili could face a suspension for a crusher tackle out of Friday nights match, while Jamayne Taunoa-Brown is only on a three-game deal from the Warriors.
Lomax could also give the Dragons the spark they need out wide, having not played since being injured in early May.
But with one of the hardest runs home of all finals contenders and a missed opportunity against Manly on Friday night, Griffin insisted the club had to move past the barbecue drama.
"I don't think it's a matter of tackling it anymore," Griffin said.
"They have paid a price and as a club we have come together and since we got up here on Wednesday we had a really good week of training.
"The thing that happened at Shellharbour is over, it's been dealt with."