Dean Cox's previously clean record has saved him from AFL suspension.
The league match review panel determined Cox had a case to answer after being reported for striking Geelong's Joel Selwood at Patersons Stadium on Saturday night.
But his good behaviour means the West Coast ruckman can plead down his penalty to a reprimand and be free to line up on Friday's clash with Collingwood at the MCG.
"Based on the video evidence available and a medical report from the Geelong Cats Football Club, the incident was assessed as intentional conduct (three points), low impact (one point) and body contact (one point)," the review panel said in its findings.
"This is a total of five activation points, resulting in the classification of a Level Two offence, drawing 125 demerit points and a one-match sanction.
"He has an existing six-year good record, which reduces the penalty by 25 per cent to a reprimand and 93.75 demerit points towards his future record. An early plea reduces the penalty by 25 per cent to a reprimand and 70.31 points towards his future record."
Fellow Eagle Scott Selwood can also accept a reprimand for tripping Cat Mitch Duncan.
Port Adelaide's Hamish Hartlett was the hardest hit by the panel, receiving a two-match ban for rough conduct towards Gold Coast's Seb Tape.
Brownlow Medallist Simon Black's stop-start AFL season looks like stopping again after the veteran was hit with a one-match ban.
Black, who has been struggling with a groin problem for weeks and pulled up sore after the Lions' 60-point win over Greater Western Sydney on Saturday night, is yet to decide whether to stretch his career into 2014.
But the 34-year-old's window for 2013 is closing after the match review panel hit him with a one-match suspension for striking GWS skipper Callan Ward at the weekend.
If Black accepts the suspension with an early guilty plea and then decides to retire at the end of the season, it keeps the door open for him to play his final AFL match in round 23.
Black has enjoyed a decorated career, winning the 2002 Brownlow, three premierships and the Norm Smith Medal for best afield in the 2003 grand final.But he has played just eight matches this season because of knee and groin issues, and his appearance against GWS was his first AFL match in two months.