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Rory Sloane defends Patrick Dangerfield for brutal shock on teammate Jake Kelly ahead of court date

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Captain Adelaide Rory sloane went to bat for a former teammate Patrick dangerfield after being sent straight to AFL court for a bump on Jake Kelly.

Dangerfield faces a suspension of at least three weeks as he awaits the Tribunal’s verdict, due to the fact that Kelly ended up with a broken nose and a concussion of an inadvertent head shock.

AFTER: Dangerfield defends bump ahead of AFL court date

Despite his own teammate finishing second in the collision, Sloane refused to consider whether Dangerfield should be suspended in an attempt to root out the bump from the match.

“I think you’re doing too much, really,” Sloane said in response to a question regarding the 3AW Sports Day incident.

“That one was completely unlucky. You could see Danger was barely going for a bump. In the end, it was just a head shock actually.

“It was a head-to-head clash and it was completely accidental and something that’s just a part of football. You can’t control them, it’s something I certainly feel for Paddy.”

Sloane shared a locker room with Dangerfield between 2009 and 2015 and said he was no stranger to serious collisions with the 2016 Bulldozer Brownlow medalist.

“He doesn’t want to butt Jake in the head and unfortunately for Jake, Paddy’s got a pretty stiff head,” he said.

“He ran into someone with a rock hard melon and I ran into this guy a few times and you certainly end up in second normally.”

Dangerfield will face the AFL court on Tuesday night, as he seeks to avoid a major suspension to start the season.

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