As Phillips moved past the ball and elected to bump O'Brien, an MRO grading of careless conduct, medium impact, and high contact appears the most likely outcome, which would result in a one-match ban for the 32-year-old.
Phillips will surely miss v Geelong for this bump. Buddy got a one week ban for a similar hit on Collins in round 1. Don’t think it’s more than that. Draper is still TBC with his hip. Likely careless and medium impact. O’Brien not concussed so probably only a week @FOXFOOTY pic.twitter.com/oTm8hdddqH
— Jon Ralph (@RalphyHeraldSun) July 9, 2023
A Phillips suspension would be especially untimely for the Bombers, who are already managing without first-choice ruckman Sam Draper, who continues to be sidelined due to a bothersome hip injury.
Michael Christian's verdict on Phillips' bump is set to be released on Monday evening.
The Bombers didn't come out of Sunday's win unscathed in terms of injury, either, as starring defender Jordan Ridley was substituted out of the game after succumbing to a hyper-extended knee injury during the early stages of the third term.
It is currently unknown whether Ridley will also be forced to miss time.
The Bombers' bout with the Cats is scheduled for Saturday night at GMBHA Stadium.