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Fremantle Dockers captain Nat Fyfe left concussed after huge hit from GWS’ Sam Reid

Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe is in doubt for next weekend’s match against Carlton after copping this blow from Giant Sam Reid.

Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe is in grave doubt for next weekend’s match against Carlton after being forced from the ground and subbed out with concussion symptoms.

Fyfe was blindsided by a Sam Reid bump in the aftermath of a marking contest late in the third term of the Dockers’ home clash with GWS, with the two-time Brownlow Medallist remaining on the turf for an extended period.

Fyfe was helped off with the assistance of trainers before heading into the rooms at three-quarter time, with Connor Blakely activated as the medical sub.


The AFL’s new concussion protocols require a mandatory 12-day lay-off for players who demonstrate concussion symptoms, leaving the Dockers star under a cloud for next Sunday’s fixture.

Fyfe appeared frustrated as he watched vision of what was likely a replay of the incident on the bench before heading to the rooms.

Nat Fyfe of the Dockers looks on in the hands of the club doctor.
Camera IconNat Fyfe of the Dockers looks on in the hands of the club doctor. Credit: Paul Kane/via AFL Photos

The star midfielder had been thrust forward to good effect against the Giants, kicking 1.2 from 15 touches as the Dockers opened up a 40-point lead at the final change.

Reid is likely to come under scrutiny from Match Review Officer Michael Christian when he announces his findings from today’s games tomorrow afternoon.

Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir confirmed Fyfe “got concussed” but had recovered well in the immediate aftermath.

“He’s good in the changerooms now - he’s up and about, he’s getting around his teammates,” Longmuir said.

“We subbed him out of the game. What that means for the next couple of weeks I’m not sure.

“We tread carefully with all concussions. He'll need to tick every box medically like all of our players do.”

The setback came just moments after a sore Brennan Cox came from the field after a brutal collision with teammate Reece Conca, who was nursing his left shoulder.

Cox returned to the field in the fourth quarter.

The Fyfe concussion soured an impressive home-opening win for Fremantle, who cruised past GWS 11.21 (87) to 7.14 (56).

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