Winless Brisbane are set to lose key defender Daniel Merrett for two AFL matches after he was charged with striking Gold Coast’s David Swallow.
Merrett’s level-four offence is worth a three-game suspension, but he can reduce the penalty by one match with an early plea.
He laid out Swallow in the last-term incident and the match review panel used a Suns medical report when grading the charge.
It was rated as intentional, high contact and medium impact.
After a busy Monday of video reviews, the panel also handed Collingwood youngster Taylor Adams a one-day game for rough conduct against Geelong captain Joel Selwood.
Adams’ bad record means he cannot reduce the penalty with an early plea, meaning he will miss Friday night’s big match against Richmond unless the Magpies successfully go to the tribunal.
Richmond pair Jack Riewoldt and Matt Thomas can accept reprimands for their offences.
Riewoldt was charged with tripping Western Bulldogs midfielder Tom Liberatore, and Thomas received a rough conduct charge for his sling tackle on Ryan Griffen.
West Coast midfielder Luke Shuey can accept a one-game suspension for striking St Kilda’s Tom Curren, putting him out of action for the Saturday night away game against Geelong.
The Eagles risk a two-game ban if they take the case to the tribunal.
Gold Coast are set to lose Brandon Matera and Steven May for Saturday night’s home game against Hawthorn.
Matera was handed a two-match suspension for rough conduct against Brisbane’s Jed Adcock, but that penalty is halved if the Lions accept the charge.
May’s poor record means that even if he takes the early plea, he will have a one-game ban for rough conduct against Dayne Zorko.
In other match review panel findings:
* Greater Western Sydney’s Devon Smith received a one-game suspension for striking Melbourne onballer Bernie Vince and his bad record means he cannot escape with a reprimand.
* Adelaide forward Josh Jenkins, Vince and Port Adelaide ruckman Matthew Lobbe were fined for umpire contact.
* Sydney co-captain Jarrad McVeigh was cleared of his match-day report for rough conduct against Adelaide’s Matthew Jaensch.