Morris has discovered that his sore shoulder during Wednesday’s State of Origin game one, with which he made a game saving tackle in the Blues shock win on Darius Boyd, was due to a fracture and ligament damage.
“Absolutely devastated with the results from the scans.Shattered to miss games 2 & 3 of origin and plenty of games for the Red V,” Dragon Brett tweeted. His club have ruled him out indefinitely.
The cost of that epic first Origin match, which ended 12-8 to Laurie Daley’s side, is hitting home for both sides.
Brett’s twin brother Josh is gone for six to eight weeks with a posterior cruciate injury.
Like his brother, Josh had a suspected ACL tear when he chased down Greg Inglis and bring him down.
Blues skipper Paul Gallen had a cortisone injection in his neck during the match and will be non-contact for a few weeks, although there’s good news for Anthony Watmough whose bicep tear isn’t nearly as bad as previously thought and will line up for Manly in Brisbane this weekend. Turns out he’d been playing with a partially torn muscle for a month and his coach Geoff Toovey said it’s blowing could be a good thing, as a clean tear will heal quicker.
For Queensland, the cost may be even great as they look to continue a remarkable run and keep NSW from winning their first series in nine years.
With respect to the Morrises, the Canetoads’ losses are potentially three of the best players in the world and their spine – captain Cameron Smith and Billy Slater, whose injuries are worse than originally thought. Add to that Greg Inglis, who could ditch the match for the birth of his first child.
Cooper Cronk is a definite to be out with a three-month recovery ahead after breaking his arm. Good news is the knee injury to Daly Cherry-Evans, who came on for Cronk, isn’t serious and he’ll be back on deck in a week.
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