Melbourne forward Alex Neal-Bullen faces weeks on the sideline after a dangerous sling tackle on Adelaide defender Will Hamill.

Hamill was left concussed and played no further part in the game.

The incident will come under the Match Review Officer’s eye to decide Neal-Bullen’s fate.

SEN’s Gerard Whately believes how the dangerous tackle has been adjudicated recently will see the incident graded severe and Neale-Bullen be sent straight to the AFL tribunal.

“It will be severe. It has to be, that’s what we’ve been told,” he told SEN’s Whateley.

“The inflationary movement that went through the categories two weeks ago was issued by the MRO, it was confirmed by the Tribunal, or endorsed by the Tribunal, and then it became policy via Steve Hocking a few days later when he told us on this program that we should expect that to be the standard.

“So, concussion should be severe in all that we have learned.

“These are interesting markers. We’re entitled to hold the system to account and demand the consistency.

“So Alex Neal-Bullen is going to be staring at a lengthy period on the sidelines when that comes back as severe and I think if you open the table up, careless, severe goes straight to the Tribunal as was the Ben Long case.”

If Neal-Bullen is sent straight to the tribunal, he will miss a minimum of three weeks.