The incident in question, which took place midway through the final term of the Round 6 encounter between the Dockers and Dogs, left Liberatore dazed on the Optus Stadium surface, with the club having since confirmed their premiership midfielder has entered the league's concussion protocols.
The diagnosis for Liberatore could spell trouble for Brayshaw, with the MRO's impact gradings for reportable offences involving concussion this year often listed as 'severe'.
The incident involving Brayshaw will need to be viewed as a reportable offence by the MRO for the Dockers vice-captain to receive a charge for forceful front-on contact however.
Brayshaw is seen bracing for impact as Liberatore contests for a loose ball, with Brayshaw making contact with Liberatore's head after the duo both came from separate angles before colliding.
These angles are great!
I still think Brayshaw is charged for this but clearly a few of these angles make the “circs outside his control” defence better than what it appeared at first blush…
Key qs - did Walters change Libba’s direction? Would head contact happen w/o it? https://t.co/X10ZZww1SM
— AFL MRO/Tribunal explainer (@AFLTribunalexpl) April 22, 2023
The MRO will need to weigh up whether Brayshaw was in his right to contest for the ball or could've prevented injury and forceful contact to Liberatore.
Should Brayshaw's actions be seen as careless, a suspension as high as three weeks could be handed down. A grading of Careless Conduct, Severe Impact and High Contact will result in the MRO referring the incident to the AFL Tribunal for a minimum three-week suspension.
Should the MRO see Brayshaw contesting for the ball and no reportable offence, the Dockers midfielder will receive no suspension.
The MRO will confirm any charges from Friday's match on Saturday evening.