Tiger Tom Lynch escapes AFL ban

Richmond forward Tom Lynch is free to play in Saturday’s Dreamtime game with Essendon after escaping suspension for his wayward elbow, but teammate Marlion Pickett hasn’t been so lucky.

Lynch faced a nervous wait after his raised elbow hit Hawthorn’s Jarman Impey high in the Tigers’ win on Saturday.

Impey suffered a cut to the face after charging and being hit by Lynch’s elbow.

But Lynch is free to play in the Dreamtime clash after the AFL’s match review official felt Coleman’s medal leader’s actions were “not unreasonable under the circumstances”.

Pickett was offered a one-match penalty for his pastor which stunned Dylan Moore.

The incident was assessed as reckless conduct, medium impact, and high contact.

Sydney’s James Rowbottom will miss Friday night’s clash with Carlton after he was offered a one-match suspension for his lob on Essendon’s Zach Merrett.

West Coast’s Liam Ryan is scheduled to be suspended for his high hit on Melbourne’s Jake Bowey on Sunday.

Demon Kade Chandler could also be in trouble for his tackle that shocked Eagles defenseman Luke Foley.

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