The 2015 Brownlow Medalist Nat Fyfe ruptured a disc in his back during the last of the Dockers’ training days for 2015. A bulging disc making contact with his spinal cord was the diagnosis.
It was first suspected that the injury could result in his missing six to eight rounds of the upcoming season, but Freemantle officially dismissed the necessity for surgery to address the injury and went on to say that they expected Fyfe to be able to participate in training when January comes along.
Fyfe has been frustrated of late by nagging injuries that if not serious enough to consider holding him out entirely, such as groin and quadriceps problems that impaired his efficiency in the second half of the 2015 season. Inflammation in his left leg did keep him off the ground for the final two games of last years’ home-and-away campaign.
Amazingly, he played the entire preliminary final against the Hawks after fracturing his left leg in the early stages of a loss that eliminated the Dockers.
During most of the home-and away season, the Dockers appeared to be clear favourites to win the premiership. They finished atop the ladder, just ahead of the eventual champion Hawthorn Hawks.