NRL 2022 injuries, suspension, team lists, casualty ward

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The Warriors are have lost three key players after their Round 1 loss to the Dragons with Shaun Johnson set to miss a month and Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and Viliami Vailea both ruled out for the foreseeable future.

Johnson has torn a pec and will not feature until Round 5 at the earliest. Early reports are that it is only a minor strain but the newly-returned Kiwi international will still be out for a month.

DWZ has broken his left thumb and will miss as much as two months, while Vailea has injured his MCL and is set for at least a month on the sidelines.

Penrith has lost key forward Moses Leota for 8-10 weeks as the Samoa international was revealed to have fractured his shoulder in the Panthers’ opening night victory over the Manly Sea Eagles.

Leota suffered the injury late in the game and was withdrawn with just 30 seconds left on the clock. The damage is to his shoulder socket and will require extensive rehabilitation.

Parramatta Eels winger Sean Russell had a bittersweet season opener, scoring three first half tries but injuring himself as he completed his hat-trick. Russel was caught by Titans fullback Jayden Campbell in the act of scoring and was later taken to hospital with a rib injury.

Later scans have revealed that Russell fractured several ribs and punctured his lung in the incident. He will be out indefinitely. Jayden Campbell has escaped any punishment for his part.

The final game of the weekend saw four Bulldogs players come off with concussions, but there is no news yet on their recovery. Cowboys hooker Jake Granville, who was put on report in the 57th minute, has escaped a ban and will instead cop a $1,000 fine after submitting an early guilty plea on a Grade 1 dangerous contact charge.

The Bunnies have confirmed that Blake Taaffe will miss a month of football after rolling his ankle during the captain’s run before their opening clash with Brisbane on Friday night.

The fullback had been set to deputise for the suspended Latrell Mitchell, but was scratched at the last minute. Taaffe did not train on Monday morning and is reported to be out for three to four weeks. Mitchell is back from his ban for Souths’ trip to Melbourne on Thursday night.

Storm prop Christian Welch is hoping to be back this year but the season is over for George Jennings after a horror injury toll in their win over the Wests Tigers.

Kiwi forward Brandon Smith is also facing 3-6 weeks out with a broken hand while young forward Trent Loiero has become the first player to be charged under the NRL’s new judiciary rules.

Jennings has a torn ACL while Welch, who ruptured his Achilles in the dying stages of the match, took to social media to put his injury into perspective.

“Thank you to everyone for the kind messages, really helped pick me up. If a dud achilles is the worst of my issues I’ve got it pretty good compared to so many other Aussies out there battling away. Op tomorrow and I’ll be doing everything I can to try get back out there in 2022.”

Loiero was pulled up for a cannonball tackle on Luciano Leilua in the 29th minute of his side’s opening round victory. The tackle amounted to a Grade 1 dangerous contact charge, worth a $1000 fine, or $1500 if contested at the judiciary.

Under the new regime, points have been abolished and fines instituted for the lowest category of charge. Grade 1 dangerous contact charges, such as Loiero’s, will typically be dealt with via increasing fines rather than suspensions, as was previously the case.

Canterbury lost four players to concussions during Sunday night’s 6-4 win over the Cowboys with Chris Patolo, centres Braidon Burns and Brent Naden, and Jeremy Marshall-King to head knocks during the game, activating 18th player Aaron Schoupp.

Manly’s Karl Lawton only lasted two minutes in his season debut after copping a heavy knock against the Panthers.

Lawton, who came off the interchange bench in the 28-6 loss to Penrith, got his head into an awkward position while trying to make a tackle and was taken from the field and did not return.

He will need to pass the concussion protocols to be able to play next Friday against the Roosters at the SCG.

Roosters lock Victor Radley (concussion) and rake Sam Verrills (thumb), and Canberra hooker Josh Hodgson (knee) are also under a cloud.

NRL injuries and suspensions, team by team

Broncos

Tesi Niu (hamstring, Round 3)
Thomas Flegler (suspended, Round 4)
Xavier Willison (knee, mid-season)

Bulldogs

Chris Patolo (concussion, TBC)
Jeremy Marshall-King (concussion, TBC)
Brent Naden (concussion, TBC)
Braidon Burns (concussion, TBC)
Raymond Faitala-Mariner (foot, Round 2-3)
Matt Doorey (knee, mid-season)

Cowboys

Lachlan Burr (hip – early retirement)
Ben Hampton (hamstring, Round 2)

Dragons

Billy Burns (foot, Round 2)
Jayden Sullivan (hamstring (Round 2)
Max Feagai (ankle, indefinite)
Josh McGuire (suspended, Round 6)

Eels

Sean Russell (ribs, TBC)
Maika Sivo (knee, June-July)
Haze Dunster (knee, season)

Knights

Sauaso Sue (suspended, Round 3)
Daniel Saifiti (leg, Round 4)
Jayden Brailey (Achilles, June-July)
Bailey Hodgson (elbow, indefinite)
Hymel Hunt (knee, indefinite)

Panthers

Nathan Cleary (shoulder, Round 4)
Mavrik Geyer (elbow, TBC)
Moses Leota (shoulder, mid-season)

Rabbitohs

Liam Knight (ankle, Round 5)
Blake Taaffe (ankle, Round 5)

Raiders

Josh Hodgson (knee, TBC)
Peter Hola (knee, Round 2-4)
Jordan Rapana (suspended, Round 3)
Jamal Fogarty (knee, Round 15)
Harley Smith-Shields (ACL, season)

Roosters

Victor Radley (concussion, Round 2)
Sam Verrills (thumb, Round 5-6)
Joseph Suaalii (foot, Round 3-4)

Joseph Suaalii of the Roosters

Joseph Suaalii. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Sea Eagles

Karl Lawton (concussion, Round 2-3)
Dylan Walker (leg, Round 2)
Josh Schuster (ankle, Round 3-5)
Ben Trbojevic (knee, Round 3-5)
Josh Aloiai (suspended, Round 4)

Sharks

Connor Tracey (groin, Round 2)
Jack Williams (knee, Round 2)
Cameron McInnes (knee, Round 2)
Braydon Trindall (suspended, Round 3)
Wade Graham (ankle, Round 4-6)

Storm

Cooper Johns (shoulder, Round 3-5)
Brandon Smith (hand, Round 4-7)
Christian Welch (Achilles, season)
George Jennings (knee, season)
Tui Kamikamica (stood down)

Adam Doueihi of the Tigers converts the try

(Photo by Speed Media/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Tigers

Jacob Liddle (knee, Round 4-6)
Adam Doueihi (knee, Round 8-14)
Tommy Talau (knee, mid-season)
Asu Kepaoa (pectoral, mid-season)
Shawn Blore (ACL, season)

Titans

Joe Vuna (knee, mid-season)

Warriors

Tohu Harris (knee, June-July)
Shaun Johnson (pec, Round 5)
Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (thumb, Round 9-11)
Vilaimi Vailea (knee, Round 5)

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