Collingwood defender Jeremy Howe has suffered a sickening damage within the Magpies Spherical 1 blockbuster in opposition to Geelong on the MCG on Friday evening.
The Magpies began 2023 the place they left off final 12 months, overcoming an early deficit to go purpose for purpose with the reigning premiers in a excessive scoring affair.
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However the match was soured by a horrific incident within the third quarter when Howe broke his arm whereas making an attempt an intercept mark.
Geelong’s Tyson Stengle was poised to mark a excessive ball however Howe, a famend excessive flyer, launched himself by way of the air.
He collided into Stengle’s again and tumbled down onto the MCG turf, along with his physique weight touchdown on his arm.
Howe instantly broke his arm and was in excruciating ache. The incident was so horrific the host broadcaster opted to not present replays of Howe’s fall out of respect.
He was attended to by Collingwood’s medical employees and stretchered off the sphere on a medicab after a number of minutes mendacity on the turf.
“How he got here down, his full physique weight was on his arm when he got here down,” Luke Hodge stated on Channel 7.
“That is the danger gamers put their physique by way of. Howe flies for a ball, he places himself in danger each time. You don’t need to see stuff like that. Stengle going again with the flight.”
Commentator Brian Taylor stated: “The dedication there was wonderful. It’s worse than a standard break, let’s put it that method.”
Jude Bolton stated: “On floor stage we heard that hit from right here. That was big. Stengle going again, Howe eyes for the ball. After they hit the bottom, we may truly hear it vibrate.”
“It’s a sick feeling as a teammate,” Richmond legend Matthew Richardson stated.
“It might actually have an effect on you. That’s what they do now. Howe got here off his personal man to impression that.
“It seemed like Stengle was going to take an uncontested mark at one level and Howe simply made up that a lot floor. They sacrifice themselves for the nice of the group.”
Stengle additionally left the sphere and entered concussion protocols.
Earlier, Geelong defenders Tom Stewart and Sam De Koning have been injured within the first quarter, however De Koning returned to the sphere and performed out the sport.