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Essendon reluctantly accepts one-game ban for Jones


Essendon has reluctantly chosen to accept Harrison Jones’ one-match ban for a dangerous tackle.

The Bombers on Tuesday morning gave considerable thought to fighting Jones’ suspension, consulting a biomechanist and holding talks with legal counsel, before pulling the pin.

Jones was cited for rough conduct against North Melbourne’s Zac Fisher, with the forward’s tackle deemed medium impact despite Fisher getting up and playing on.

But the potential to cause injury clause elevated the grading, prompting some critics to wonder how low impact can ever fit a dangerous tackle charge.

Jones will miss Essendon’s Dreamtime at the ‘G clash with Richmond on Saturday night, while teammate Darcy Parish is expected to miss the next three matches with a calf strain.


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