DAYNE Beams' injured right shoulder is hanging by a thread, with the star Brisbane Lions' midfielder believed to be contemplating surgery before season's end.
After carrying the injury for a number of weeks, Beams subluxed the shoulder against Melbourne last Sunday, but is expected to play against North Melbourne at the Gabba on Saturday night.
When asked about it on Wednesday, the 25-year-old was putting on a brave face.
"It's obviously a little bit sore at the moment," Beams said.
"I'm getting it strapped and it's staying in place.
"I think at this stage of the year, most AFL players are carrying something. For me it's no different.
"I'm still fronting up and going out there to play and it's not worrying me out there, I don't think about it.
"It's a little bit sore, but I'm right to go."
When asked whether he would see the season out, Beams was more hesitant.
"We'll have to wait and see, I'm not too sure at the moment," he said.
"That'll be up to myself and the medical stuff, projecting forward in a few weeks.
"We'll look at it and make a call from there."
Beams has been worth every dollar the Lions paid to lure him from Collingwood in the off-season.
He has played all 15 matches and would be comfortably leading the club's best and fairest.
Despite playing in obvious discomfort, Beams has carried a midfield decimated by injuries for much of the season, and averaged 29 disposals and almost seven clearances a game.
Following Sunday's loss against the Demons, where they kicked a paltry four goals, Beams said the Lions had to be braver against North Melbourne.
"I think we've got to take the game on a little bit," he said.
"We were playing around the boundary and playing safe. It's not the way we've played the last few weeks when we've been in games against some pretty good opposition.
"For whatever reason we went inside our shells against Melbourne and it cost us. We'll be looking to take the game on a little more, I think."