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Embattled Newcastle will be without the services of prop Willie Mason for two matches after the veteran forward copped a suspension for a Grade 2 shoulder charge during Round 7 against the Broncos.

Mason was slapped with his charge for a 50th-minute hit on Broncos lock Corey Parker. The former Test star accepted an early guilty plea and will miss games against the Bulldogs and Panthers.

Meanwhile, Titans prop Matt White and Panthers forward Adam Docker are facing suspension after copping dangerous throw charges from their Monday night clash.

White could be outed for two to three games for a Grade 2 offence from a tackle on Docker in the 61st minute as Sportingbet Stadium. He risks three matches if he contests the charge.

Due to carry-over points, Docker could be outed for two games for a first minute Grade 1 offence from a tackle on Dave Taylor, regardless of an early guilty plea.

Panthers skipper Kevin Kingston was charged over the same tackle as Docker but can escape suspension with an early guilty plea.

Wests Tigers prop Martin Taupau was also charged from his side's Monday win over the Eels for a Grade 1 dangerous throw on Fuifui Moimoi but will escape a ban with an early guilty plea.

Four other players - Bulldogs duo Tim Browne and Dale Finucane, plus the Warriors' Nathan Friend and Canberra's David Shillington - have escaped suspension with early guilty pleas.

Brown and Finucane each were hit with dangerous throw charges arising from the same 35th-minute tackle on South Sydney's Ben Lowe last Friday; Friend was handed his rap after a 17th-minute dangerous throw on Dragons winger Jason Nightingale; and Shillington earned the committee's scrutiny with dangerous contact on Melbourne's Ryan Hinchcliffe in the 12th minute of their clash in Canberra on Sunday.

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