Cronulla captain Brett Kimmorley has been ruled out for up to eight weeks after scans on his injured knee revealed a grade three medial ligament tear.
Kimmorley returned from Wednesday's State of Origin win by NSW over Queensland yesterday to have MRI scans on a leg injury sustained from a Steve Price charge down attempt. He was told he would be sidelined for six to eight weeks and a meeting with a specialist next week could see the length of his spell extended.
The scans revealed that Kimmorley has sustained a grade three medial ligament tear together with 1.5cm of bone bruising in his right knee.
Up north, Brisbane's Queensland fullback Karmichael Hunt has pulled out of tonight's NRL clash with the Titans.
Hunt - who suffered deep thigh corks in Wednesday night's Origin loss to the NSW - couldn't run freely this morning. He's been replaced in the Broncos lineup by young speedster Denan Kemp.
Brisbane's other injury worry, centre Justin Hodges, has been cleared to play. Darren Lockyer will equal former winger Michael Hancock's club record of 274 premiership games tonight with a crowd of 45,000 tipped for the local derby.