BRISBANE Lions vice-captain Tom Rockliff has been ruled out of Saturday night's match against Adelaide with a dislocated shoulder.

But in better news for the club, captain Dayne Beams could make a return against the Crows at the Gabba.

Rockliff suffered his injury in the dying minutes of Saturday's loss to Hawthorn and is unlikely to return until after the Lions' bye in round 11. 

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"It's going to keep Tom out for two or three weeks," Lions head of medical Peter Blanch told the club's website. 

But after two weeks on the sidelines with a quad injury, Beams is a chance to return.

Blanch said the skipper had been training strongly.

"He'll be touch and go this week, we'll probably make a decision on that at the end of training on Thursday."

The Lions are already missing experienced midfielders Mitch Robinson (broken foot) and Allen Christensen (collarbone).

Running defender Tom Cutler (hamstring) is available for selection.