Latrell Mitchell will have to cop a four-match NRL suspension after losing his fight at the judiciary, leaving his Dally M hopes in tatters.
The South Sydney superstar failed in his bid to have a dangerous contact charge downgraded on Tuesday, meaning he has little time to prove his credentials for State of Origin.
However, the news was much better for Victor Radley, who is free to play for the Sydney Roosters on Anzac Day after avoiding a ban for what his legal team claimed was "glancing" contact with Cameron Munster.
In a marathon night at the NRL's headquarters, the Roosters lock walked away with just a $1900 fine with his grade-two careless high tackle reclassified to a level-one.
Earlier, Penrith centre Paul Momirovski was suspended for three matches for dangerous contact.
Radely's let off allows him to face St George Illawarra and saves the Roosters going in without another of their stars.
In a lengthy 75-minute hearing, defence lawyer James McLeod claimed contact from a high tackle on Cameron Munster when wrong-footed was merely "glancing" and "incidental".
"It's not that bad and not much wrong with it," lawyer McLeod told the panel.
"He got out of position and tried to grab at Munster.
"It's a wrist and left hand grabbing at Munster around the neck-and-cheek area."
It took the three-man panel of Dallas Johnson, Bob Lindner and Ben Creagh 36 minutes to agree, going against NRL counsel Peter McGrath's claims Radley lost control while sprinting at Munster.
"He's thrown out the left arm in a highly careless way and that's contributed to by the speed at which he approaches Munster," McGrath said.
"There's a high-degree of lack of control by Radley, leading to a significantly high risk of injury."
Meanwhile Momirovski's hearing lasted 70 minutes, where his defence lawyer Nick Ghabar argued contact with Brisbane's Tom Dearden head after a kick only came as a result of a deflection off his arm.
He also used a similar hit from Jake Friend on Adam Clune from last year to aid his case, which was classified as a grade-one at the time.
"Contact may have been marginally higher than (Dearden's chest if not for the deflection), but certainly nowhere near his head," Ghabar said.
"Momirovski actually opens his hand to try and catch Dearden so there is no likelihood of contact with the back of Dearden's head and the ground.
"This tackle isn't even on the same level as Jake Friend's."
But Johnson, Lindner and Creagh this sided with McGrath after 15 minutes, who claimed Momirovski launched himself at Dearden.
"He launches himself into the tackle," McGrath told the panel.
"At that speed he lost control. It was highly careless."
It means Momirovski will miss Thursday's clash with Newcastle, as well as games against Manly and Cronulla, with Robert Jennings the most likely man to take his spot.
Mitchell's dangerous-contact hearing was then the biggest talking point, failing in his argument he was trying to avoid contact with David Nofoaluma when his forearm collided with the Wests Tigers' wingers head.
Canterbury prop Jack Hetherington had earlier paid a hefty price for his poor disciplinary record, accepting a five-match ban for his high tackle on Valentine Holmes.
It becomes his sixth ban in a 29-game NRL career, with his tally of 15 games missed more than half the number he has actually played.
Hetherington was sent off for the hit, and if not for his poor record he would have been able to cop a two-game ban.