Hamstring injury sidelines Carlton star and Blues tagger Ed Curnow will miss six with a fractured leg.
Adelaide midfielder Richard Douglas is set for a hefty suspension for picking off an unsuspecting opponent at the weekend, while North Melbourne's Scott Thompson is in danger of being ruled out of his team's Anzac Day clash against Fremantle.
As the AFL community searches for a way to overcome the unsightly congestion which so litters most games, TAC Cup coach Leigh Brown has indicated that a radical rule experiment with playing zones is creating more space and in turn a free-flowing spectacle in the under-18 competition.
AFL operations chief Mark Evans has raised the possibility of players being restricted to certain parts of the ground as a way of combating what the AFL feels is escalating congestion this season.
Carlton fans would have taken a win of any sort, so cold and dark had their season become.
Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has dismissed suggestions Chris Judd's interrupted preparation was a factor in the star veteran's hamstring injury.
Refusing to blame a controversial umpiring decision for Melbourne's eight-point loss to Gold Coast, Paul Roos admits he wishes the AFL's umpiring department had warned all clubs much earlier about a "dramatic shift" in the way the game is being officiated.
Kennett’s Curse, Chappy’s Pact - they both sound like bad D-grade horror movies. Actually, they are pieces of wood on a fire which keep the Hawthorn and Geelong Easter Monday clash pulsating, alive and exciting.
Round five votes for the Age Footballer of the Year award for the 2014 premiership season.
Sydney will monitor Kurt Tippett's back before deciding whether they will unleash the forward alongside Lance Franklin for the club's first clash with former coach Paul Roos on Saturday.