West Coast midfielder Elliot Yeo will have his two front teeth capped upon return to Perth after a sickening collision during the Eagles' eight point loss to Collingwood at the MCG today.
Yeo dropped an easy mark just seconds before half-time and when then his face cannoned into Jarrod Witts' shoulder as he attempted to stop the Magpie from winning the ball.
Yeo's teeth flew through the air upon impact and trainers searched for them during the half-time break.
The Eagles said Yeo had only snapped the teeth and the roots remained in his gums. He will fly home with the team and speak to a dentist once he gets to Perth.
Coach Adam Simpson said Yeo had shown courage to keep playing and finish with 19 disposals.
"He kept on going. I don't know if he was in a hell of a lot of pain or not but he didn't seem to take a backward step after," Simpson said.
"We've been impressed with Elliot's role in the last few weeks. We've been exploiting him through the midfield and we feel like it's adding some flexibility and size in there."
The Eagles led by 18 points nearing time on in the third term but then conceded four unanswered goals. They took the lead again but couldn't stop Collingwood's classy onballers from setting up a win.
The Magpies' victory was impressive considering they lost key defenders Nathan Brown and Jack Frost to injury and played with fewer rotations for a large portion of the match.
Simpson said Collingwood lifted when it mattered.
"There were critical moments in the last quarter where their class midfielders and their forwards and their defence held up," Simpson said.
"I thought rather than us dropping off, I reckon they might have elevated to another level."