MELBOURNE midfielder Angus Brayshaw will be rested for an extended period after suffering his second concussion in three weeks.
Brayshaw suffered a knock early in the Casey Scorpions' VFL clash against Sandringham on Saturday and took no further part in the game.
Melbourne football manager Josh Mahoney said the Demons would take no risks with the 20-year-old.
"This was Angus' second incident of concussion in a short period of time.
"As a club, we're very proud of the way that we have managed concussion in the past, with similar cases of repeated concussions involving Rohan Bail and Neville Jetta.
"We will take a conservative approach with Angus which will involve an extended period of time before he returns to play."
Injuries have been a regular occurrence for Brayshaw this year. He suffered a medial strain in his left knee at the opening bounce of Melbourne's first NAB Challenge game, forcing him out of the remaining pre-season clashes.
While Brayshaw played in the round two loss to Essendon, coach Paul Roos admitted afterwards the midfielder had played in the seniors too early, having struggled to regain fitness.
He returned to the VFL the following week and played well, but had little impact in wins over Collingwood and Richmond upon his return to the senior team.
"Angus has now only played 10 minutes of football in the past month,” Mahoney said.
“We will utilise this period to not only allow Angus to recover from his concussion symptoms, but also to build his overall fitness and set him up for a strong second half of the season.”
Brayshaw was drafted at No. 3 in 2014 and played 21 games in his debut season.