Melbourne Storm star Ryan Papenhuyzen will miss this weekend's clash against the Warriors, and possibly longer, due to a shoulder injury.
Storm coach Craig Bellamy has named Nicho Hynes as Papenhuyzen's replacement with the club indicating he could be out for a fortnight.
"He's tough and we don't expect he will be on the sidelines any longer than two weeks," Storm football operations coordinator, Ryan Hoffman said.
The club has also confirmed Brenko Lee picked up another calf injury while playing in the Queensland Cup last week and faces another "few weeks out" in a blow for the Maroons representative.
Meanwhile, South Sydney have lost experienced winger Josh Mansour for at least a month due to a hamstring injury.
Mansour left the field late in the side's win over the Wests Tigers with scans indicating a minor hamstring tear. The Rabbitohs veteran will be in line to return against his former club Penrith in round 11.
Raiders hooker Josh Hodgson will miss 2-3 weeks with a calf injury, the club confirmed on Tuesday, after he failed to finish the match last week.
Every try from Round 6
Hodgson will join Bailey Simonsson (head knock), Sam Williams (ribs) and Semi Valemei (hamstring) on the sidelines this week in a blow for Ricky Stuart.
Elsewhere, Bulldogs forward Jackson Topine will miss at least a fortnight due to bone bruising on his knee in a setback for the promising rookie.
In better news, a host of stars have been named to possibly return in round seven including Sharks star Shaun Johnson, Roosters hooker Sam Verrills and Dragons skipper Ben Hunt.
Hunt told NRL.com earlier this week he was a 50/50 proposition to play with a training session on Wednesday to confirm his hopes.
Parramatta's Ryan Matterson is also nearing a return from a concussion via NSW Cup.
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The Casualty Ward
Kotoni Staggs is ahead of schedule in his comeback from last year's ACL tear.
The Broncos will take a cautious road to his return to action but he could be back as early as Magic Round in four weeks.
- Jesse Arthars (illness, round 7)
- Herbie Farnworth (shoulder, round 7)
- Kotoni Staggs (knee, round 10-12)
- Ben Te'o (biceps, round 18)
Raiders fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad has avoided surgery on a neck injury in a boost for the club. However, a time frame for his return is yet to be determined.
Co-captain Josh Hodgson will miss 2-3 weeks with a calf injury.
- Ryan James (rested, round 7)
- Bailey Simonsson (head knock, round 8)
- Sam Williams (ribs, round 8-9)
- Semi Valemei (hamstring, round 8-9)
- Josh Hodgson (calf, round 9-10)
- Albert Hopoate (shoulder, round 11-13)
- Harley Smith-Shields (biceps, round 20)
- Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (neck, indefinite)
Bulldogs forward Jackson Topine will miss at least a fortnight due to bone bruising on his knee in a setback for the promising rookie.
Jack Hetherington accepted the early guilty plea for his head-high tackle on Valentine Holmes and will miss the next five matches.
- Lachlan Lewis (head knock, round 7)
- Jackson Topine (knee, round 9)
- Jeremy Marshall-King (foot, round 10-12)
- Josh Jackson (calf, round 10-12)
- Jack Hetherington (suspension, round 12)
- Raymond Faitala-Mariner (foot, round 18-22)
- Jayden Okunbor (knee, round 20)
- Nick Meaney (broken ribs, indefinite)
- Christian Crichton (knee, season)
Injured players to be sidelined when play stopped by trainer
Wade Graham has again been left out of the side for round seven due to ongoing concussion concerns but Josh Dugan has been named to return.
- Josh Dugan (concussion, round 7)
- Shaun Johnson (Achilles, round 7)
- Aiden Tolman (suspension, round 8)
- Wade Graham (concussion, round 8)
- Royce Hunt (knee, round 8)
- Andrew Fifita (suspension, round 9)
- Ronaldo Mulitalo (knee, round 9-10)
- Sione Katoa (knee, round 8-10)
- Jackson Ferris (foot, round 10)
- Phillip Sami (head knock, round 7)
- Anthony Don (hip, round 7)
- Tino Fa'asuamaleaui (suspension, round 9)
Players to be penalised for breaking from scrums early
- Curtis Sironen (knee, round 8)
- Moses Suli (back, round 9)
- Dylan Walker (hamstring, round 10-12)
- Karl Lawton (Achilles, round 11-12)
- Jack Gosiewski (foot, round 17)
- Andrew Davey (knee, season)
- Morgan Boyle (shoulder, indefinite)
- Manase Fainu (stood down, indefinite)
Fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen suffered a minor AC joint injury to his shoulder against the Roosters and will miss this week's clash with the Warriors and possibly round eight.
- Dale Finucane (calf, round 7)
- Ryan Papenhuyzen (shoulder, round 8-9)
- Max King (Achilles, round 8-10)
- Brenko Lee (calf, round 10-12)
- Darryn Schonig (knee, round 15-17)
The change to captain's challenge reviews in 2021
Hymel Hunt suffered a hamstring injury against the Sharks and was not named in the side to face Penrith.
- Phoenix Crossland (knee, round 8)
- Tex Hoy (hamstring, round 8)
- Edrick Lee (foot, round 8)
- Lachlan Fitzgibbon (shoulder, round 8)
- Hymel Hunt (hamstring, round 8-9)
- Bailey Hodgson (knee, round 9)
- Mitchell Pearce (pectoral, round 14-16)
- Dom Young (knee, indefinite)
- Jirah Momoisea (Achilles, indefinite)
- Chris Randall (wrist, indefinite)
Cowboys superstar Jason Taumalolo is facing another 1-3 weeks on the sidelines after suffering another hand fracture, but not the one he injured in March.
Taumalolo, who hasn't played since round one, suffered the new injury at training.
- Jason Taumalolo (broken hand, round 8-10)
- Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow (leg, round 10)
- Reuben Cotter (foot, round 10-12)
Try decisions to be reviewed in background by Bunker
Eels back-rower Ryan Matterson has been named to return via NSW Cup this weekend.
- Ryan Matterson (concussion, round 7)
- Dylan Brown (suspension, round 7)
- Waqa Blake (calf, round 8)
- Ray Stone (shoulder, round 9-10)
- Michael Jennings (stood down, indefinite)
- Dylan Edwards (hand, round 7-8)
- Api Koroisau (wrist, round 7-8)
- Taane Milne (knee, round 6)
- Blake Taaffe (ankle, round 8)
- Braidon Burns (knee, round 8-9)
- Josh Mansour (hamstring, round 11)
- Jed Cartwright (back, mid-season)
- Brock Gardner (Achilles, indefinite)
The Dragons hope to have captain Ben Hunt (leg fracture) back playing before round eight after consulting a specialist.
Coach Anthony Griffin said Hunt was "a chance but not a good chance" of returning for the Anzac Day clash with the Roosters.
- Corey Norman (shoulder, round 7)
- Blake Lawrie (cork, round 7)
- Ben Hunt (leg, round 7-8)
- Cameron McInnes (knee, season)
- Jack de Belin (stood down)
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- Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (shoulder, round 7)
- Siosiua Taukeiaho (ribs, round 7)
- Brett Morris (calf, round 7)
- Sam Verrills (knee, round 7)
- Lachlan Lam (knee, round 9)
- Freddy Lussick (arm, round 11-13)
- Billy Smith (shoulder, mid-season)
- Boyd Cordner (concussion, indefinite)
- Luke Keary (knee, season)
Warriors duo Peta Hiku (shoulder) and Adam Pompey (ankle) are both out of the Anzac Day clash against the Storm.
Hiku suffered a dislocated shoulder and is likely to miss at least a month.
- Bayley Sironen (shoulder, round 7)
- Euan Aitken (ankle, round 9-11)
- Peta Hiku (dislocated shoulder, round 10-11)
- Chanel Harris-Tavita (foot, round 13-14)
- Addin Fonua-Blake (knee, round 19-20)
- Adam Pompey (ankle, TBA)
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Wests Tigers youngster Asu Kepaoa has suffered a season-ending ACL tear in Saturday's heart-breaking loss to South Sydney.
Kepaoa went down late in the game and will meet with a surgeon on Monday to begin what is typically a 6-9 month recovery process.
Utility Billy Walters made his return from the same injury via reserve grade in round six.
- Joey Leilua (head knock, round 7)
- Shawn Blore (wrist, round 8)
- Russell Packer (knee, round 10)
- Asu Kepaoa (knee, season)
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