Brodie Smith and Will Hamill are both subject to the AFL’s 12-day concussion protocol and will be unavailable for this weekend’s game against Melbourne.
Smith required stitches to his head after a collision in the third quarter against Port Adelaide on Saturday night and was subbed out of the game with concussion.
He has had precautionary scans of his head and neck and been cleared of significant damage but will be assessed daily before being reintegrated into full training.
“It was a significant hit and quite scary for us all to witness, pleasingly we can say scans have revealed he has no significant damage to his neck which is a great relief,” Head of Football Adam Kelly said.
“He has a number of stitches in his head and will now observe the AFL’s concussion protocols.”
Hamill did not require scans but will follow the concussion protocol overseen by medical staff before resuming training.
“Will suffered a big hit with Nick Murray in the last quarter on the weekend and he will observe the AFL’s concussion protocols,” Kelly said.
“He is well within himself and was out on the training track today which is pleasing, and he will step through that process.
“Will has had a number of concussions over the last 12 months so we will be taking a conservative approach.”
Matt Crouch experienced groin soreness post training on Thursday and was unable to play in the SANFL on Saturday. Given the recurrence of soreness as he built his training loads following groin surgery, and the stage of the season, the decision has been made to focus on the long-term and building Crouch’s strength for a return to play in season 2022.
“As has been the case with Matt in his return from groin surgery there has been recurrences of groin soreness as we have increased his training loads,” Kelly said.
“That was the case post-training on Thursday last week and we pulled him out of the SANFL game, the decision has now been made to focus on Matt’s long term and for that reason we have ruled him out of playing for the remainder of the year, and our focus will go on his off-season and making sure he’s ready to go in season 2022.”
Luke Pedlar will miss the remainder of the season after injuring his ankle in the SANFL win over Port Adelaide on Saturday.
Pedlar suffered a significant lateral ankle sprain when his right foot was caught in a tackle in the first quarter and he did not take any further part in the game.
“It is a significant sprain and given the time of year that we are now at, we are ruling Luke out for the remainder of the season,” Kelly said.
Jackson Hately will not play again this season due to groin soreness which has needed to be managed throughout the year. The decision was made to remove him from match play and instead manage his training loads in order to put him in the best position to attack the off-season and then pre-season.
“He’s suffered ongoing and persistent groin soreness and been able to manage through that well during the season but we have made the decision now just to take the focus onto season 2022 to give himself the best chance to have a really strong off-season,” Kelly said.
It has also been confirmed that Daniel Talia will not return to the field in season 2021 following foot surgery earlier in the year.
“With Daniel Talia we’ve ran out of time with respect to return to play in season 2021,” Kelly said.
“His rehabilitation has progressed well and he’s made significant in-roads throughout the year, but given the time of the season we are at unfortunately he won’t be able to play which is frustrating for him to go through a season without being able to take to the field, and it’s been disappointing for us as well.”
Adelaide's injury list as of Tuesday, August 10:
Brodie Smith (concussion protocol)
Will Hamill (concussion protocol)
Luke Pedlar (ankle) season
Matt Crouch (groin) season
Daniel Talia (foot) season
Jackson Hately (groin) season
Luke Brown (Achilles) season
Mitch Hinge (shoulder) season
Wayne Milera (knee) season