Tiger Tom Lynch escapes AFL ban

Richmond forward Tom Lynch is free to play in Saturday’s Dreamtime against Essendon after escaping a suspension over his wayward elbow, but teammate Marlion Pickett was not so lucky.

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

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

But Lynch is free to play in the Dreamtime matchup after the AFL Game Review Officer deemed Coleman’s medal leader’s actions “were not unreasonable under the circumstances”.

Pickett received a ban from a game by his pastor that stunned Dylan Moore.

The incident was rated as careless conduct, medium impact, and high contact.

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

Liam Ryan of the West Coast is due to be suspended because of his discharge from Melbourne’s Jake Bowey on Sunday.

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

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