Adam Reynolds has suffered a suspected broken jaw as South Sydney got off their season off to a great start with a dominant win 42-10 over the Sydney Roosters at the football stadium.
Played in oppressive heat, the Rabbitohs looked the better team right from kickoff. They dominated possession and field position thanks to mistakes by the Roosters and Reynolds masterful kicking game.
Reynolds injury occurred mid way through the second half while he was making a tackle. As the tackle went to the ground Reynolds jaw seemed to come down hard on the hip bone of the Roosters attacker. Reynolds knew he was in trouble straight away, and was up the tunnel to play no further part in the contest soon after.
A South Sydney official told Channel 9 that Reynolds has a broken jaw.
Reynolds told Brad Fittler on the sideline that he heard a “click” when it happened. Between that and the pain, he was pretty certain he had broken his jaw.
Reynolds could find himself on the sideline for between 4 and 6 weeks if a broken jaw is confirmed. It would be a real blow to the Rabbitohs early in the season, and would have to put Reynolds push for a State Of Origin jersey under threat if he takes a few weeks to find his feet again when he gets back on the field.
You have to really feel for players that suffer major injuries this early in the season. All of that hard work over the pre season, and the anticipation that comes with the start of a new season all culminates with times on the sideline and all that hard work and momentum lost.
Hopefully Reynolds injury isn’t too bad and he gets back sooner rather than later.
In other injury news, John Sutton has a suspected pectoral injury. If that turns out to be the case he could miss the majority of the NRL season.