Adelaide could be without their skipper for a number of weeks after Taylor Walker was reported in their win over Geelong on Thursday night.
Walker flattened Cats player Zach Tuohy in the first quarter at Adelaide Oval, leaving his opponent seeing stars on the turf.
With Toohey looking at the ball and trying to regather after a juggle, Walker left his feet and connected with his shoulder to Tuohy’s face.
Walker only had eyes for Tuohy and was immediately reported, with the Cats player forced to leave the field for a concussion test.
Channel 7 commentator Wayne Carey said Walker would probably draw the ire of the match review panel, while Mark Stevens said he’d miss at least a week.
Tex will miss at least a week. No way out …
— Mark Stevens (@Stevo7AFL) July 12, 2018
Walker cleans up Tuohy high. Can't see him playing Brisbane next week #AFLCrowsCats
— Lee Gaskin (@Lee_Gaskin1) July 12, 2018
Went for the player have a holiday
— Adam (@adsi6) July 12, 2018
Weak Tex 2 weeks
— Richard Snell (@RPSnell1) July 12, 2018
Even if he can come back – he's gone. Same as Fyfe on Greenwood, he didn't contest the ball.
— Jimmy Williams (@jimmywilliams03) July 12, 2018
He will be suspended for sure.
— martyn lawrence (@martynlawrence2) July 12, 2018
No eyes on the ball what so ever!!!
— Andrea (@rbjmjb) July 12, 2018
The incident overshadowed an otherwise brilliant night for the Crows, who ran out winners 16.16 (112) to 14.13 (97).
Walker’s teammate Bryce Gibbs will also attract match review scrutiny for a behind-play block which felled Cat skipper Joel Selwood.
The incidents came as the Crows, with Tom Lynch kicking four goals, put some fat on their slim finals chances.
Both flashpoints came as Adelaide defied their former club champion Patrick Dangerfield (three goals, 33 disposals, 10 tackles) and his Cats, who remain in seventh place.
They’re one win outside the top eight ahead of weekend matches.
Geelong made the early running before Adelaide seized momentum and an eight-point halftime lead.
The Crows then streeted to a seemingly comfortable 30-point advantage when vice-captain Rory Sloane converted a long set shot late in the third term.
Sloane, who midweek inked a multi-million dollar five-year contract extension, was mobbed by his teammates as the parochial 46,095-strong Adelaide crowd went wild.
But his great mate Dangerfield led a Geelong rally – he kicked two goals in the last quarter and Tom Hawkins (four goals) converted another to reduce the margin to eight points with eight minutes left.
Adelaide’s seven-gamer Lachlan Murphy then settled Adelaide’s nerves, and the result, by slotting his third goal.
The scoring feats of Crows Lynch and Murphy were supported by two goals each from Josh Jenkins and Jordan Gallucci.
Half-back Rory Laird (43 disposals) was outstanding while onballers Sloane (27 touches), Matt Crouch (30 possessions) and Rory Atkins (28 touches) were prolific ball-winners.
Dangerfield was a standout for the Cats, fellow Brownlow medallist Gary Ablett was influential with 32 disposals, skipper Selwood collected 29 touches and Tim Kelly’s stunning debut season continued with 28 possessions and a goal.