MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 14: Zach Merrett of the Bombers directs his teammates during the round 21 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Gold Coast Suns at Etihad Stadium on August 14, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Essendon's Zach Merrett could be in hot water for a late hit on Jack Silvagni that saw the Blue taken to hospital.

Silvagni received a knock to the ribs early in the first quarter and did not return to the field for the rest of the game.

Channel Seven's commentary team thought the incident was innocuous, yet Merrett could come under fire by the Match Review Officer as Silvagni was sent to hospital for scans on his ribs.