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Crows dream run ends with Walker suspended

ADELAIDE is set to be without in-form forward Taylor Walker for looming crunch matches against Carlton and Collingwood after he was offered a two-match suspension by the match review panel.

Walker was given a two-match suspension for rough conduct for a dangerous sling tackle on Geelong's Harry Taylor. Ordinarily that could be cut to two matches with a guilty plea, however Walker's 93.75 carry-over points — accrued a fortnight ago — lifted the penalty to three matches.

A guilty plea would cut Walker's ban to two matches, although if Adelaide challenges the verdict tomorrow at the tribunal and fails he would also miss the Crows' round-10 match away to Fremantle.

The two other players scrutinised for tackles that caused their opponents to hit the head on the ground, Richmond's Robin Nahas and Essendon's Nathan Lovett-Murray, both escaped charges.

The match-day report against Gold Coast's Tom Lynch for forceful front-on contact against GWS' Phil Davis was dismissed after the MRP deemed he had no alternative to contest the ball.

Geelong veteran Joel Corey was the only other player cited. He was given a $1200 fine for making an obscene gesture — towards an umpire after a decision he disputed — but can reduce that to $900 with a guilty plea.