McCullough on the mend
Brisbane Broncos hooker Andrew McCullough is on the mend after suffering a bad head knock in his side's 36-0 victory over the Wests Tigers on Friday night.
In sickening scenes, McCullough lay motionless in the 58th minute after his head collided with the hip of Tigers forward Kyle Lovett.
He was treated for several minutes on the field as blood streamed from the back of his head.
Both the Tigers' and the Broncos' medical staff looked after Brisbane's rake, with the reliable hooker being stretchered off the field to applause from a worried Suncorp Stadium crowd.
But news on McCullough's injury has been positive, with the man himself taking to Instagram on Saturday to give an update on his condition.
It appears as though McCullough has been very lucky, suffering only a concussion from the hit.
It's why coach Wayne Bennett is confident that McCullough will be right to play in next week's Round 12 clash with the Warriors in New Zealand.
"He's okay. He's all good. He's getting scans and all that done but he's conscious and talking to everybody and there's some movement there," Bennett said.
"He just got his head in the wrong place when he was making a tackle.
"You don’t see those occasions have too many great consequences apart from a bit of a headache and loss of consciousness.
"He's such a wonderful tackler so it's just unbelievable that he went and got himself caught like that."
Captain Darius Boyd was on the spot when McCullough fell to the ground in dramatic fashion, immediately running to his No.9's aid.
He said after the match that it was a scary moment, with his Broncos teammates feeling helpless as McCullough received treatment.
"It's scary when it happens to anybody. We just wanted him to be okay. All the staff said he is doing pretty well," Boyd said.
McCullough will now need plenty of rest and constant monitoring as he comes to terms with the incident.
His teammates won't be helping his headache, with the majority already visiting the hooker to wish him all the best.
Prop Adam Blair is one who has spoken to him and he is confident 'Macca' will be back with the boys at training sometime this week.
"It didn't look good. Our hearts and our prayers go out to 'Macca'," Blair said.
"The boys have spoken to him and he seems like he's in a good place. He's having scans for precautionary reasons.
"It was a tough thing to watch. 'Macca' leaves his heart and soul out on the field every week and does a great job for us."