Gold Coast utility Nick Holman has succeeded in overturning a two-game AFL suspension for a rundown tackle which saw him win a free kick.
Holman was suspended by match review officer Michael Christian for a dangerous tackle on Geelong star Mitch Duncan, but the charge was dismissed at the AFL tribunal on Tuesday night.
Duncan was carrying the ball on the wing late in the second quarter during Saturday's game at GMHBA Stadium when Holman tackled him from behind.
Holman won a free kick for the tackle, with the umpire deeming Duncan was caught holding the ball.
But Duncan was immediately subbed out of the match due to concussion and it is not clear when he will return to training.
The AFL's legal counsel Jeff Gleeson argued players needed to be protected from head injuries and Holman could have done more to care for Duncan.
"Most dangerous tackles don't start out as dangerous tackles but something happens in course of the tackle that renders (it) dangerous," he told the tribunal.
"It starts off as a terrific tackle. Holman tries to and succeeds in pinning the right arm of Duncan but you can assume he knows he's got the arm pinned."
Suns advocate Stephen Russell argued it was simply not a dangerous tackle and the injury to Duncan was unfortunate.
"There would need to be clear identification of something Holman did that another reasonable player did in the same circumstances would not have done," Russell said.
AFL tribunal chairman Ross Howie directed the jury to disregard the publicity around the verdict and focus on the evidence at hand.
Meanwhile, Richmond's Marlion Pickett will serve his one-game suspension after failing to get his striking charge downgraded.
The dual Tigers premiership player challenged the severity of his punishment for felling Brisbane defender Brandon Starcevich at the Gabba on Friday night.
Pickett pleaded guilty to the striking charge but was after a low-grade impact instead of medium at the AFL tribunal.
Pickett will miss Richmond's game against Adelaide at the MCG on Sunday.
Earlier, Carlton defender Lachie Plowman failed to overturn a two-game suspension for concussing Hawthorn star Jaeger O'Meara.
The AFL's legal counsel Jeff Gleeson argued it was not reasonable for Plowman to contest the ball and he had a duty of care to protect O'Meara.
The Hawks vice-captain was assisted from the field and will miss this week's game against Gold Coast under concussion protocols.
Carlton lawyer Peter O'Farrell stressed contact was incidental and part of a reasonable attempt by Plowman in the marking contest.
The hearing became heated when tribunal chairman Ross Howie told the jury they could not consider it a marking contest, which O'Farrell strongly disagreed with.
After the jury's guilty verdict, O'Farrell pleaded for them to consider exceptional circumstances because of Plowman's "exemplary" record during his career and reduce the two-game ban.
But that was of little help to the 26-year-old, who will still miss games against Sydney and West Coast.
Carlton is strongly considering appealing against the decision.