Premiership players and football veterans are at odds over what should be done with Patrick Dangerfield and the bump as the Geelong star prepares for a showdown at the AFL tribunal.

The midfielder has been charged with rough conduct for an incident assessed by match review officer Michael Christian as careless conduct, severe impact and high contact.

Adelaide Crows player Jake Kelly suffered concussion and a broken nose when Dangerfield chose to bump and clashed heads with his former housemate.

Dangerfield is staring down three-plus weeks on the sidelines and the perennial Brownlow Medal contender will be out of the running for the award if he is banned.

But the consequences stretch far beyond after the preventable incident hushed a stadium when Kelly was stretchered off after collapsing to the turf.

Geelong coach Chris Scott claimed Dangerfield, who was over a metre away when Kelly disposed of the ball, was “doing everything he could to protect himself and the other player”.

“Sometimes players run into each other and there’s a head clash,” Scott said.

Patrick Dangerfield clashed heads with Jake Kelly after a late bump.
Patrick Dangerfield clashed heads with Jake Kelly after a late bump. Credit: Fox Sports

“I don’t think he intended to headbutt him, that’s for sure.

“It’s the game we play. Two guys running that speed straight at each other, collisions happen.”

Dual premiership player David King disagreed and said permitting such hits flies in the face of the AFL’s moves to protect players from concussion.

He wants the tribunal to use its discretion and suspend Dangerfield for a month in the hope of teaching footballers to avoid bowling into their “defenceless” colleagues.

“The end result is an accidental head clash, but the mechanics of how we got to at point is what we’ve got to change,” he said on Fox Sports.

Patrick Dangerfield (right) faces an AFL suspension.
Patrick Dangerfield (R) is set to have several weeks on the sidelines for a high bump on Jake Kelly. Credit: AAP
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