Haynes injury fears recede
TYRON Haynes' fears that his promising career could be over just as it was starting were put to rest late yesterday.
The talented Central Comets back-rower was cleared of a neck fracture following Sunday's 38-30 round three Queensland Wizard Cup loss to Redcliffe.
Haynes, 19, was "in the wrong place at the wrong time'' when he injured his neck in a second half tackle against the Dolphins.
"It's a big relief,'' said Haynes, who has been ruled out by doctors for an indefinite period, including this weekend's home clash against Wynnum Manly.
Haynes said he would take his latest injury setback ? after breaking a finger in the pre-season trials and missing last year's Junior Kangaroos call-up due to a knee injury ? week-by-week.
"There is ligament damage and swelling around the spinal cord.
"I'll visit the doctor again next week but for now he said no contact work,'' Haynes said.
Comets chief executive Jamie Boon said it was a massive blow. "The sooner we can have him safely back on the paddock the better we will go,'' Boon said.
Haynes was yesterday replaced in the Comets 17-man squad by fullback Wade Rothery for Saturday night's showdown with Wynnum Manly, who are the only winless team after three rounds.
Interchange dummy half Jade Wogand has been cleared to play, despite being put on report for a high tackle, but forward enforcer Peter Penaia found himself in trouble with the judiciary for the second time this season.
He faces a four-week suspension for a grade three contrary conduct charge for lifting his knees into a tackle.