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SEN footy analyst Nick Dal Santo has urged Adelaide star Rory Sloane to think beyond this week’s round of football when deciding if he’ll line-up against Geelong on Friday night.

Sloane, who was knocked out after hitting his head following a tackle by Melbourne’s Dean Kent at the weekend, admitted he didn’t know where he was after the incident.

The hard-nosed midfielder had to be told by skipper Taylor Walker to leave the field so the medical staff could assess his welfare.

Sloane did not return to the field and is in doubt for Friday night’s blockbuster against the Cats.

Dal Santo lauded Geelong skipper Joel Selwood who said he sat out of the Cats’ Round 15 clash against GWS after being heavily concussed a week earlier following a head clash with Fremantle’s Hayden Ballantyne.

Selwood passed the regulation concussion test and despite not experiencing headaches decided he would not take his place in the side to play the Giants.

“It’s great to hear someone like Joel Selwood, who has had some concussions, talk about it being the right decision to sit out (of games),” Dal Santo told SEN's The Run Home.

"Even if a player passes all the tests there is a feeling inside where you know what the right decision is in terms of playing or not playing."

Four-time premiership star Jordan Lewis acknowledged he made the wrong decision to play the week following being knocked out cold in a brutal collision with then Bulldog Jarrod Harbrow at Etihad Stadium in 2010.

Adelaide has said it will give Sloane up to the 11th hour to prove his fitness for the much-anticipated clash between sides occupying the top two positions on the ladder.

Jake Lever is also in doubt after sitting out the latter stages of the Crows’ win over Melbourne with hamstring tightness.

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