Newcastle' Chris Randall could miss the first two games of the 2021 NRL season after becoming the second player charged with a crusher tackle from week one of the finals.
The Knights hooker was placed on report for a crusher tackle on South Sydney star Cody Walker in the second half of Sunday's elimination final.
The 24-year-old has played just seven NRL games but is now facing a two-week suspension for the grade one charge.
An early guilty plea would ordinarily mean he would miss just one week.
However, with 45 carryover points Randall will miss two games unless he successfully appeals the charge at the NRL judiciary on Tuesday night.
He is the second player pinged for the dangerous tackling technique from the first week of the finals with Parramatta's Marata Niukore rubbed out for two matches.
The 24-year-old has pleaded guilty to a grade one crusher tackle on Melbourne's Tino Fa'asuamaleaui on Saturday night.
On Monday the Eels lodged the early guilty plea to avoid risking a three-match suspension at the judiciary on Tuesday night.
It means he will miss Saturday's semi-final against South Sydney and potentially the preliminary final and will not play again this season unless the Eels make the decider.
Meanwhile, Storm skipper Cameron Smith has taken an early guilty plea for a dangerous throw on Eels half Dylan Brown and will be free to play the preliminary final.
However, he will take with him 75 carryover points and any charge could see him miss game time, including the grand final.