MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 01: Dale Morris of the Bulldogs marks infront of Tom Papley of the Swans during the 2016 AFL Grand Final match between the Sydney Swans and the Western Bulldogs at Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 1, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Dale Morris reveals he played finals series with a broken back

Western Bulldogs defender Dale Morris revealed after winning the 2016 AFL Grand Final, that he played the finals series with a broken back.

The 230-game veteran confirmed to commentators after the match that he broke two vertebrae in his back in the Round 23 loss to Fremantle.

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But, after helping his side break a 62-year premiership drought, it was all worth it for the 33-year-old.

“I may have (broken my back) in the last game against Freo, but who cares now,” Morris told Channel 7.

“Everyone plays through injuries.

“I talked to the fitness staff, the (doctors) and all the rest of it and we go through things and they assured me nothing can get worse.

“It’s a pain management thing and we go for it.”

Morris has been on a reduced training regime since sustaining the injury.


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  1. Selfish to be honest.
    Obviously can’t play to the best of your ability with a broken back.
    Took thenoppertunity away from someone else.

    He may of had a great game, but if he got a knock in the first contest well the dogs only have 3 on the bench and the swans win.

    Could of cost them a premiership.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy that the dogs won. But in my opinion playing injured isn’t admirable.

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