Giants veteran takes smaller suspension

Sam Lienert -Mar 27, 2012

Giants veteran James McDonald.

Giants veteran James McDonald. Photo: Katherine Griffiths

Greater Western Sydney veteran James McDonald will miss two AFL games after being suspended over an incident in the expansion club's first match.

The 33-year-old pleaded guilty to rough conduct yesterday, after he broke Sydney youngster Luke Parker's jaw with a heavy bump during the opening term of Saturday night's season-opener at ANZ Stadium.

The Swans confirmed last night Parker would be sidelined for at least the next two to three weeks - though that may only entail one AFL match - with a hairline jaw fracture.

McDonald was deemed by the match review panel to have acted negligently and made high contact with high impact.

He took little time to accept that verdict. Had he fought the charge, he would have risked a three-match sanction. No other charges were laid from Saturday night's match.

McDonald, a former Melbourne skipper, served on the match review panel last season.

The Demons cut him at the end of the 2010, after 251 games with the club over 14 years, including two best and fairest awards. He was one of just five players with AFL experience who played in the Giants' opening match.

He will miss clashes with North Melbourne and West Coast.

Emerging midfielder Parker had just broken into the Swans' best line-up after a superb pre-season.

Swans physiotherapist Matt Cameron said Parker's injury would not require surgery and with a bye this week he could only miss one match.

''Luke has got a hairline crack in his jawbone, so he is going to be out now for probably two to three weeks,'' Cameron said.

''There will be no surgery required for Luke.

''It's not displaced, and it's not a large fracture.'' AAP

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