- Jarryd Roughead back for Hawks after cancer surgery
- Geelong's Mitch Duncan makes surprise early return
- Fremantle drops four after big loss to Hawthorn
HAWTHORN has named Jarryd Roughead to face the Sydney Swans on Saturday night at ANZ Stadium, two weeks after the forward had surgery to remove a melanoma from his lip.
Roughead missed two games and endured an anxious wait to find out if he was facing a serious battle with skin cancer, but he has been given the all clear to return to the field, with the wound healing enough to allow him to face the Swans.
Taylor Duryea is out with a shoulder injury.
The Swans have lost ruckman Mike Pyke to a knee injury, with young ruckman Toby Nankervis – who had 56 hit-outs in the NEAFL last week - to fill his shoes.
They've also lost defender Jeremy Laidler to an ankle injury but regained premiership backman Ted Richards from a one-week concussion.
Daniel Robinson and Dean Towers have been omitted, with Craig Bird and Brandon Jack called up after they shared 50 possessions in the reserves last week.
North Melbourne has replaced the suspended Drew Petrie with Aaron Black for Friday's clash with Essendon at Etihad Stadium after the forward's three-goal VFL game last week.
The concussed Alex Browne has been replaced in the Bombers team by first-year half -forward Kyle Langford, who will play his third AFL game.
Geelong midfielder Mitch Duncan has been named as a surprise inclusion for Saturday's clash with the Western Bulldogs at Simonds Stadium, a few weeks earlier than expected.
But the Cats have suffered a double hit with captain Joel Selwood to miss with suspension and defender Jared Rivers with his on-going knee issue.
Shane Kersten's winning goal in the VFL last week has earned him a recall and Jake Kolodjashnij has also been given another opportunity at AFL level.
Dawson Simpson's performance against North Melbourne last week has led to the Cats deciding to go with Mark Blicavs and Josh Walker as their ruck options, with the big man omitted.
Meanwhile, the Dogs have been forward to shuffle their own rucks with Tom Campbell named for his first game for the season because of a shoulder injury to Will Minson.
They've also recalled former Bomber Stewart Crameri for his first game since round 10, and regained Jordan Roughead from a one-week back issue.
First-year forward Bailey Dale is back after kicking 4.2 in the VFL last week while defender Fletcher Roberts is out with an ankle and Lachie Hunter and Michael Talia have been omitted.
Gold Coast ruckman Zac Smith will play for the first time since round seven, but the Suns have lost Charlie Dixon (ankle), David Swallow (knee) and Seb Tape (hamstring) to injuries.
Clay Cameron, Josh Glenn and Peter Wright are the Suns' other inclusions, with Sean Lemmens dropped for the clash with Greater Western Sydney on Saturday at Metricon Stadium.
The Giants have chosen to give Jon Patton another week in the NEAFL but 30 touches to Josh Kelly at that level have led to the midfielder being offered a recall.
Kelly comes in for Dylan Shiel, who is out with a knee injury for at least the next six weeks.
Collingwood forward Jamie Elliot will miss the Magpies' clash with West Coast on Saturday afternoon at Etihad Stadium with a back injury, but Levi Greenwood is finally ready to make his Pies debut after a string of leg problems and will replace the suspended Taylor Adams.
Defender Marley Williams has been named after withdrawing last week due to a family bereavement, and Ben Kennedy and Paul Seedsman have been recalled
Tim Broomhead is out with a shoulder injury and Darcy Moore has been omitted.
By contrast, the Eagles will go into the game unchanged for the first time since round two, 2012.
Strong WAFL form sees Fremantle ruckman Jonathon Griffin recalled for Saturday night's clash with Carlton at Domain Stadium. He last played at AFL level in round 18 last season after missing most of 2013 with serious knee injury.
Ross Lyon has reacted after Sunday's thumping at the hands of Hawthorn by dropping Clancee Pearce, Zac Clarke, Paul Duffield and Tendai Mzungu.
They have been replaced Cam Sutcliffe, Matt Taberner and Hayden Crozier.
Carlton has lost with Bryce Gibbs (pectoral) and Dennis Armfield (broken arm) and recalled Sam Rowe while Sam Docherty is back from a two-week hamstring injury, while elevated rookie Brad Walsh has been named to make his AFL debut in front of his home West Australian crowd.
Cameron Wood is the Blues' other omission, with defender Michael Jamison named despite suffering concussion last week against Richmond.
Melbourne may give another chance to veteran ruckman Mark Jamar, who hasn't played at AFL level since round five.
Jack Grimes and Aidan Riley have also been named for Sunday's clash with the Brisbane Lions at the MCG, with no outs at this stage.
For the Lions, Stef Martin's two-week suspension has ended in time for him to face his former club, while Mitch Golby has been named in the wake of Darcy Gardiner's season-ending shoulder injury.
The Lions have also added Ryan Harwood, Mitch Robinson, Mitch Golby and Hugh Beasley to their expanded squad, with Jordon Bourke their only other omission.
Port Adelaide has rewarded Nathan Krakouer for his prominent display in the SANFL last week by recalling him to the Power's squad for Sunday's Showdown with the Crows.
The Power have also named Andrew Moore and Aaron Young, as well as first-year forward Jesse Palmer for a potential debut, with Jasper Pittard out with an ankle.
The Crows have dropped former captain Nathan van Berlo along with Cam Ellis-Yolmen, but they have named James Podsiadly, Rory Atkins and Sam Shaw for their first AFL games for the season, Brodie Martin for his second, and recalled Jarryd Lyons to an expanded squad.
St Kilda has named captain Nick Riewoldt for Sunday's clash with Richmond at Etihad Stadium, despite the captain's on-going problems with his calf. However, they've also added forward Paddy McCartin to their squad, presumably in case the skipper doesn't come up in time.
The Saints have confirmed defender Hugh Goddard will finally make his AFL debut while Tom Hickey and Eli Templeton could return from the VFL, with just Seb Ross omitted at this stage.
The Tigers have got back their No.1 ruckman Ivan Maric from suspension but have retained Shaun Hampson after Ty Vickery fell foul of the Match Review Panel.
Shane Edwards is the other big out for the Tigers with a hairline leg fracture, while Sam Lloyd, Matt Dea, Matt McDonough and Ben Lennon are the other potential inclusions.
All the ins and outs for round 16
Friday, July 17
North Melbourne v Essendon, Etihad Stadium, 7.50pm AEST
Out: D.Petrie (suspension)
Out: A.Browne (concussion)
Saturday, July 18
Geelong v Western Bulldogs, Simonds Stadium, 1.45pm AEST
In: M.Duncan, S.Kersten, J.Kolodjashnij
Out: J.Rivers (knee), J.Selwood (suspended), D.Simpson
In: T.Campbell, S.Crameri, B.Dale, J.Roughead
Out: W.Minson (shoulder), F.Roberts (ankle), L.Hunter, M.Talia
Gold Coast v Greater Western Sydney, Metricon Stadium, 2.10pm AEST
In: Z.Smith, C.Cameron, J.Glenn, P.Wright
Out: C.Dixon (ankle), D.Swallow (knee), S.Tape (hamstring), S.Lemmens
Greater Western Sydney
Out: D.Shiel (knee)
Collingwood v West Coast, Etihad Stadium, 4.35pm AEST
In: L.Greenwood, B.Kennedy, P.Seedsman, M.Williams
Out: T.Adams (suspension), T.Broomhead (shoulder), J.Elliott (back), D.Moore
Sydney Swans v Hawthorn, ANZ Stadium, 7.20pm AEST
In: T.Richards, T.Nankervis, C.Bird, B.Jack
Out: M.Pyke (knee), J.Laidler (ankle), D.Robinson, D.Towers
Out: T.Duryea (shoulder)
Fremantle v Carlton, Domain Stadium, 5.40pm AWST
In: J.Griffin, C.Sutcliffe, M.Taberner, H.Crozier
Out: C.Pearce, Z.Clarke, P.Duffield, T.Mzungu
In: S.Rowe, S.Docherty, B.Walsh
Out: C.Wood, B.Gibbs (pectoral muscle), D.Armfield (arm)
New: Brad Walsh (Peel Thunder)
Sunday, July 19
Melbourne v Brisbane Lions, MCG, 1.10pm AEST
In: M.Jamar, J.Grimes, A.Riley
In: S.Martin, R.Harwood, M.Robinson, M.Golby, H.Beasley
Out: D.Gardiner (shoulder), J.Bourke
Port Adelaide v Adelaide, Adelaide Oval, 2.50pm ACST
In: N.Krakouer, A.Moore, A.Young, J.Palmer
Out: J.Pittard (ankle)
New: Jesse Palmer (North Ballarat)
In: J.Podsiadly, B.Martin, S.Shaw, J.Lyons, R.Atkins
Out: N.Van Berlo, C.Ellis-Yolmen
St Kilda v Richmond, Eithad Stadium, 4.40pm AEST
In: T.Hickey, E.Templeton, P.McCartin, H.Goddard
In: I.Maric, S.Lloyd, M.Dea, M.McDonough, B.Lennon
Out: S.Edwards (leg), T.Vickery (suspension)