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Manly prop Josh Perry and Brisbane fullback Karmichael Hunt will both front the NRL Judiciary on Wednesday night in an attempt to avoid one week suspensions.
Perry pleaded not guilty to a grade one striking charge for his alleged headbutt on Newcastle's Danny Wicks last Saturday.
Hunt will fight a grade three careless high tackle charge for his shoulder charge gone wrong on Sydney Rooster Braith Anasta last Friday.
Both Perry and Hunt will only receive one week bans if found guilty, meaning they are risking nothing by fighting the charge.
North Queensland centre Ashley Graham has accepted a one-game ban for his grade four careless high tackle on Wests skipper Brett Hodgson.
Brisbane have called on former judiciary boss and lawyer Jim Hall to defend Hunt at Wednesday night's NRL judiciary hearing.
The club is confident Hall's judiciary experience and the weight of evidence will clear Hunt.
Brisbane chief executive Bruno Cullen says Hunt is innocent and was shaping up for a routine tackle until Anasta fell into him.
Brisbane could enlist the help of a sports scientist to support photographic evidence that Anasta was almost on his knees when Hunt collected him.
They could also refer the judiciary to a similar incident last year involving Bulldogs forward Andrew Ryan who was charged and then cleared at the hearing.
Hunt will miss Friday night's game if found guilty.