Richmond midfielder Marlion Pickett has been handed a one-game ban by the MRO after being reported for striking Brisbane defender Brandon Starcevich in Friday's loss to the Lions.
Pickett's attempted a tackle on the Lions youngster which resulted in a high hit that floored Starcevich before sparking a melee between the two sides.
The Tigers speedster was reported for striking shortly after the incident and will now face a decision to appeal the ban or miss his side's game against Adelaide next weekend.
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Marlion Pickett reported for striking Starcevich and the players ERUPT.
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The incident involving Pickett and Starcevich was one of many concerning factors in the Tigers' 28-point defeat to Brisbane, who claimed their sixth win in a row to strengthen their claim for the premiership.
The reigning premiers have been plagued with injuries to key figures this season and are set to welcome the return of a wealth of premiership stars for next weekend's clash with Adelaide.
Coach Damien Hardwick revealed post-game that captain Trent Cotchin and gun midfielder Dion Prestia are near-certainties to return to the side in Round 11.
Hardwick also noted that exciting utility Shai Bolton is also in the frame for selection as he battles a wrist injury, stating the 22-year-old is "highly probable".
Veteran midfielder Shane Edwards will need to prove his fitness this weekend if he is to come into consideration for selection to face the Crows.