Denver Grainger-Barras’ promising AFL profession has hit a velocity bump only one sport in, with the Swans Districts product pressured to miss Hawthorn’s clash with Port Adelaide due to concussion.
The quantity six choose from final 12 months’s AFL draft made his long-awaited debut for the Hawks on the weekend, but it surely was minimize brief by a head knock he sustained within the membership’s 18-point win over GWS.
“Unfortunately for Denver, he was concussed on the weekend,” Hawthorn’s Physical Performance Manager Luke Boyd confirmed as we speak.
“Obviously now he enters the concussion protocol, which means that he won’t be available for this week’s game.”
It was the second setback for Grainger-Barras in brown and gold, after he was pressured to spend months on the sidelines after injuring his knee in a observe match earlier than the season began.
The Hawks are “hopeful” the defender will probably be accessible for the membership’s spherical 17 fixture towards Fremantle.
The 19-year-old had already taken a spectacular seize, gathered seven positions and took 4 marks earlier than coming from the sector within the final quarter.
The medical substitute, Shaun Burgoyne, had already been activated to substitute Chad Wingard, who was struggling hamstring tightness, at three-quarter time.
Coach Alastair Clarkson revealed post-match a teammate had “alerted the docs that perhaps Denver wasn’t quite right.”
Clarkson spoke extremely of the debutant, saying he had impressed Hawthorn’s senior gamers to step up towards the Giants.
“Early in the game, when we needed some inspiration, it was young Grainger-Barras in his first game, who competed in a couple of really important contests for us,” Clarkson mentioned.
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