Roosters coach Trent Robinson fears Brett Morris may have played his last game after the champion winger suffered a suspected torn ACL in his right knee in the final minutes of his team’s 38-4 rout of Newcastle at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday night.
Morris and prop Lindsay Collins, who suffered a similar injury to his right knee, were both helped from field in the dying stages and Robinson does not expect either to play again this season.
In the case of Morris, the 34-year-old former NSW and Australian winger whose tally of 176 tries ranks him behind only Ken Irvine, Billy Slater and Steve Menzies on the all-time list, confirmation of the early diagnosis could also mean the end of his career.
The injuries, particularly to Morris, created a sad and sombre mood in the Roosters’ dressing-room despite their seven-tries-to-one thumping of the out-classed Knights.
“Shattering is the word. It’s really disappointing,” Robinson told reporters.
“It was a really, really tough night for us. I think they’re both the same, from what I know. They’re both knees and won’t be back again this year.
“It’s one of the proudest and worst sheds I’ve been in. That’s what it was.
“We’ve got a group of guys that really care for each other and love playing together and we’re really proud of the way that we’re playing, then you’ve got a guy that’s a legend of our game, one of the best wingers that we’ve seen, and he’s possibly just finished his career.