Veteran Warriors centre Gerard Beale has been hospitalised with what is feared to be a fractured kneecap that will end his season and likely sideline him for the start of 2020 after he was left in agony at the SCG.
Beale was taken from the field in a medicab when his knee was visibly displaced in a collision with Roosters enforcer Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, a particularly painful sidenote to the 42-6 thrashing that almost certainly ends the Warriors' season.
The 29-year-old was given the green whistle on-field before being taken straight to hospital before the first half was finished, and faces reconstructive surgery on what is feared to be a ruptured patella tendon in his left knee.
He will remain in Sydney to go under the knife in coming days.
"One part went north and the other part went south," coach Stephen Kearney said.
"So it's not a nice injury for him. The recommendation is that he stays here to have surgery."
Beale, who is contracted to the Warriors until the end of next season, suffered a similarly eye-watering broken leg at the 2017 World Cup that sidelined him for the best part of six months.
Beale's injury through out the Warriors backline, with Kodi Nikorima coming on in the halves and rookie playmaker Chanel Harris-Tavita switching out into the centres.
Harris-Tavita's impressive efforts at the scrumbase had seen Kearney persist with him ahead of big-money recruit Nikorima, and the Warriors coach said he would not necessarily reinstall the former Bronco at halfback against Cronulla on Saturday.
"I'll reassess that early this week," Kearney said.
"I don't think Chanel's done a great deal wrong to be fair.
"We're getting a couple back this week. I think Issac Luke's available after suspension. David Fusitu'a's a chance [of returning from a hamstring injury].
"Patrick Herbert's had a couple of games [in Canterbury Cup as he recovers from a hamstring strain], that might help our cause.
"But I'll assess it early in the week and see what's best for the footy team and what's best for the game this week."