HAWTHORN dual premier player Brad Sewell has been ruled out of the Hawks’ season opener against Brisbane Lions on March 22.
Sewell pulled sore after a practice match against Melbourne on Sunday.
With so much time still to go, it’s a big call by Hawthorn and indicates that Sewell faces a testing time getting his body through the season.
He needs 10 games to reach 200.
Sewell is now an unrestricted free agent.
A list of free agents released by the AFL on Tuesday also features The Courier’s AFL Tracker-listed James Frawley (Melbourne), Michael Jamison (Carlton), Nick Maxwell (Collingwood), Adam Goodes (Sydney Swans) and Matt Rosa (West Coast Eagles).
It is impossible to imagine Goods going to any other club, but Frawley has already the centre of substantial speculation regarding his future.
RICHMOND UPGRADES STEPHENSON
TIGER ruckman Orren Stephenson has been upgraded from rookie to the senior list.
Richmond has made the move to help cover the loss of number one big man Ivan Maric, who is expected to miss another five to six weeks with an ankle injury.
Ricky Henderson (broken leg) 4-5 months
Jeremy Cameron (ankle) test
Brad Sewell (hamstring) 1-2 weeks
James Frawley (ribs) test
Adam Goodes (knee) 5 weeks
Fremantle’s Nick Suban is suspended and will be available in round two.
* THE Courier's AFL Tracker follows the fortunes of AFL players recruited from Ballarat-based clubs or played in the Ballarat region before being drafted.