The injury crisis at the Adelaide Crows has escalated, if such a concept is even conceivable.
Eddie Betts has a strained hamstring sustained during the embarrassing loss to the Hawthorn Hawks Saturday night at MCG. He is expected to miss the next month. Fortunately, the Crows are off this week and if there was ever a reset button in need of pushing, that button belongs to Adelaide.
Betts missed two games earlier in the season with a similar issue.
The Crows have at various points in the season gone without their Captain, Taylor Walker, best and fairest Matt Crouch, Wayne Miler and Riley Knight, along with others.
The casualty ward is stocked with a nice side and all the injuries have left the Crows with a record of 6 – 7, dropping them to 11th on the ladder. Save a nice victory over the Richmond Tigers, a payback for the 2017 Grand Final, the Crows have been rudderless this season.
Their scoring average is down over 20 points per game. Stopping the other side was never exactly their forte, but in recent seasons they played defence well enough while their scoring attack kept them in front.
Stars Rory Sloane and Tom Lynch are out and while that creates opportunities for others to step up and fill the void, those four boots are tough to fill.
The Crows are suffering a premiership hangover without the premiership to show for it and supporters are demanding that the club be more forthcoming and vocal in seeking answers for why Don Pyke’s men have not been anything near the level of the past two seasons.
Head of football Brett Burton, along with confirming the exit of Betts, said that the issue was considered a slight strain to a tendon.
Hamstring injuries are the bane of athletes, as they are hard to treat and even when it seems that recovery is complete, players back on the ground need time to regain confidence in their legs.