Former Essendon skipper Jobe Watson looks likely to be rested for this weekend's match against Fremantle at Subiaco. The match committee will meet on Thursday to make a decision.
Watson played an average game in Essendon's 38-point loss to Melbourne on Sunday, getting only 13 touches. Watson was adamant he could back up after the ANZAC Day match against Collingwood only five days before, but it looks like that may not have been the case.
Essendon coach John Worsfold was concerned that the banned batch of players had "hit a wall" after the heavy defeat to Adelaide in round 4.
There has been speculation for some time now that these players returning from a year-long suspension would be down on match fitness, or that simply the dangerous, experimental program of off-site peptide injections would lose its value.
Either way, Watson ain't playing against the Dockers on Sunday.