Think you'll find that's the speculation for what's happened in this case, as well as some past cases where a player has suddenly found themselves out for 8/10 weeks with a mystery injury concern
As much as the AFL has a 3-strike policy, it's not like they want to lose a name player to such a policy and hence the mystery injuries or time out required - a lesser name player probably wouldn't be so lucky to receive such treatment and instead would just be given strikes
Wasnt that a concern with Franklin... ?
The strikes are kept private aren't they , and the question of self reporting to avoid declaration of the 3rd strike was another concern.
I guess id ask at what point should information be made public. Is the public entitled to know everything about players.... the flip side is we do not what to see tuck situations.
Drugs are a difficult subject. My daughter told me about New Zealand who have just introduced rules for cigarettes or tobacco .... for anyone born after 2008. Good luck with that one sporting organisations.