Parramatta firebrand Darcy Lussick is set to be suspended for four NRL matches for his swinging-arm high-shot on Sydney Roosters prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves on Saturday night.
Lussick was charged with a grade four reckless high tackle, and will be rubbed out for a month if he accepts the early guilty plea.
If the Eels lock challenges the charge, he risks being suspended for six weeks.
Roosters coach Trent Robinson was leading calls for Lussick to be slapped with a long ban, for what many commentators were describing as a deliberate high tackle.
Former Penrith five-eighth Travis Burns was in 2012 suspended for nine matches for what the judiciary determined was a deliberate high tackle.
However, Lussick, who has no similar prior offences has managed to get away with a high reckless charge.
Earlier on Monday, Eels teammate Corey Norman described Lussick’s shot as a “good hit.”
In a big week for the NRL match review committee, six players were charged, with Brisbane prop Josh McGuire hit with two offences.
McGuire received a grade one for dangerous contact with the kicker and a careless high tackle, and is set to spend a week on the sidelines.
Canberra’s Shaun Fensom is facing a one round suspension as well for placing unnecessary head or neck pressure in the Raiders’ win over Newcastle on Sunday.
Fensom risks missing two weeks if he pleads not guilty.
Meanwhile, Parramatta’s Tim Mannah, Wests Tiger Sauaso Sue and Manly’s Anthony Watmough should all be free to play this weekend despite being charged with minor infringements.