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Melbourne forward Michael Crocker looks set to add at least two matches to the nine matches of suspension he has already served this NRL season for dangerous throws.
Crocker has been slapped with a grade one charge by the match review committee over his tackle on Brisbane's Sam Thaiday during yesterday's win at Suncorp Stadium. He can miss two games with an early guilty plea or three games if he unsuccessfully contests the charge.
North Queensland's Test forward Luke O'Donnell will miss one match if he gives an early guilty plea after being charged with grade two striking in Saturday's loss to the New Zealand Warriors.
The Cowboys will make a decision tomorrow but are expected to seek a downgrading of the charge in the hope O'Donnell will miss only this Saturday's clash with Newcastle in Townsville. O'Donnell will cop a two-match ban if the club is unsuccessful in downgrading the charge.
He was sent off during North Queensland's 26-nil loss to the New Zealand Warriors on Saturday night after striking Lance Hohaia with an elbow.
In a further blow to the Cowboys Shane Tronc, Aaron Payne and Rod Jensen are in doubt for the game against the Knights, whose inspirational skipper Andrew Johns is facing a possible four-match suspension for contrary conduct. The Cowboys must win all three remaining matches to have any hope of scraping into the finals.
Meanwhile, St George Illawarra prop Justin Poore will miss two matches with the early plea after copping a grade one reckless high tackle charge from yesterday's loss to the Bulldogs.
And Wests Tigers centre Jamaal Lolesi is set to miss his club's final two matches of the season after being charged with a grade two careless high tackle in yesterday's loss to Canberra.