Brisbane midfielder Mitch Robinson has labelled his collision with Dustin Martin a “freak accident”.
The two clashed last Friday night, leaving the three-time Norm Smith Medallist with a kidney injury.
Martin remains in hospital and will not be able to participate in contract training for at least three months, ruling him out of the home-and-away season and likely finals.
Robinson said something did feel strange about the collision.
“When he went down I felt something pretty sharp. When you hit someone you can feel something that’s gone in there. I felt a slushy thing in the corner of his hip,” the Lions veteran told SEN’s Pat and Heals.
“He went to bump me and my arm went under his arm and hit him with (my forearm), I thought it was like hip-pointer. I thought it was like a corky in your hip. They’re pretty solid when that happens.
“When he stayed down I thought ‘maybe he’s just winded’ and then when he went off the ground and I saw the replay and he was in a bit of agony.
“I was like ‘oh damn that’s not good maybe it’s a punctured lung or his ribs’.
“I did send him a text. The next day I got his number off one of the boys and sent him a message.
“Didn’t get a reply, but I’m guessing he’s probably been flooded with messages.
“Hopefully it’s not as bad as it says and three months off training is a pretty hectic injury and hopefully he comes back bigger and stronger. It was just a freak accident I think.”
The Lions host Gold Coast at the Gabba in the Q-Clash on Saturday afternoon.