Elliot Yeo’s season of hell has continued, with the Eagles veteran limping off the MCG with an apparent hamstring injury.
Yeo retired in pain after failing to chase Richmond speedster Maurice Rioli early in the third quarter and was replaced by medical substitute Sam Petrevski-Seton.
It was a moment before he got up again, before he stumbled towards the sofa with a desolate look.
The right hamstring injury returns in Yeo’s third game at the wing after spending a spell on the outside while improving his fitness.
He had taken nine kicks and five handballs before coming out, in the quietest of his back side games.
A pre-season injury meant he came through the Eagles’ reserves, playing his first game of the year in round five, before leaving the round six game against Port Adelaide with a concussion and not returning until round 15.
Yeo has been deployed in an inspired move over half-back where he made his name and won an All-Australian after moving to the Eagles from Brisbane.
Coach Adam Simpson has previously said his intention was to bring Yeo back into the midfield group once he settles into the squad.
It puts the rest of his season in doubt, with the Eagles coming up against games against Carlton, Hawthorn and St Kilda in the coming weeks.
Richmond pistol Dustin Martin has also been swapped out of the game with “hamstring consciousness”.
He was replaced by minor striker Kane Lambert.
Halfway through the third quarter, the Tigers lead the Eagles with 13.4 (82) to 7.8 (50).