Brisbane defender Harris Andrews.
Brisbane defender Harris Andrews.

Lions learn from Clarke experience

GIANT Jeremy Cameron will learn his fate tonight after being referred straight to the AFL tribunal for intentionally striking Harris Andrews but the wait will be longer for the Lion who will not be considered for two weeks.

Andrews is likely to miss at least a month after suffering severe concussion and a small bleed on his brain from an elbow to the head from Cameron at the Gabba on Saturday.

The Lions say discussions with experts have been encouraging and they expect the vice-captain to make a full recovery.

He has been assessed by a neurosurgeon and will have another examination in two weeks where his immediate playing future will be determined.

However, experience has shown that when concussed Lions players have returned to training it can prolong the symptoms of concussion, so Andrews will do almost no training in that period.

It means even if he is cleared to return in two weeks he is likely to face extra time regaining fitness.

Dayne Zorko checks on Harris Andrews.
Dayne Zorko checks on Harris Andrews.

Brisbane are experienced at dealing with the effects of head knocks after Jonathan Brown, Matt Maguire and Justin Clarke's careers were all ended by concussions.

Jack Frost also suffered long-term dizziness and headaches after a concussion last year but has returned to football this season.

It is the Clarke situation that will weigh most heavily on Brisbane's mind when determining Andrews' return.

He retired at just 22-years-of-age after he was knocked out in a training accident and suffered major memory loss and bouts of illness.

Each time Clarke attempted to return to training major headaches returned.

Andrews went home after the game on Saturday night but became violently ill and was rushed to hospital.

#NoBrainNoGame ambassador Justin Clarke. Picture: Liam Kidston
#NoBrainNoGame ambassador Justin Clarke. Picture: Liam Kidston

He has now been discharged from hospital but remains under close observation at his parent's home.

The Lions issued a statement saying he would be regularly monitored by club medicos and would undergo the standard concussion protocols.

"Our discussions with the neurosurgeon have been encouraging as they expect Harris to make a full recovery," football manager David Noble said.

"He will have a follow-up scan in two weeks' time, when we will know more."

Match Review chairman Michael Christian said Cameron's action was assessed to be intentional and of severe impact.

"We came up with the view that it was to be graded as intentional,'' he said.

"Certainly on the basis that a raised forearm or elbow is usually conclusive that a strike is intentional.

And from there it is was a question of determining the impact, of course the Brisbane Lions made a release today of the condition of Harris Andrews, that was taken into account along with the visual look of the incident and the immediate reaction from Harris.

"Those three issues were all taken into account in determining the impact was graded as severe.''

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