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Greg Bird faces another NRL ban

  • Greg Bird faces another NRL ban

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 15: Referee Matt Cecchin places Greg Bird of the Titans on report during the round 19 NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Gold Coast Titans at WIN Jubilee Stadium on July 15, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Greg Bird faces a one-week NRL ban for his high shot on Gareth Widdop in Gold Coast's win over St George Illawarra.

Bird hit Widdop in a questionable tackle in the first half of the Titan's 32-12 round 19 win on Friday night at Kogarah Oval.

On Saturday, Bird was charged with a grade-two careless high tackle by the match review committee.

If back-rower Bird takes the early guilty plea, he earns 159 demerit points with loading. He has 25 carryover points but will fall short of a two-game ban.

A one-match ban would rule the former representative forward out of the Titans' round-20 match with Parramatta next Saturday on the Gold Coast.

It would also raise Bird's total suspensions to 31 weeks. He is already the fourth most-suspended player in NRL history behind John Hopoate, Luke O'Donnell and Craig Smith.

NRL MOST SUSPENDED PLAYERS:

1. John Hopoate - 45 weeks

2. Luke O'Donnell/Craig Smith - 32 weeks

4. Greg Bird - 30 weeks

5. Danny Williams - 28 weeks

6. Jason Stevens/Adrian Morley - 26 weeks

Source: Fox Sports Stats

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