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NRL ‘shattered’ as Brett Morris may have played his final game

The NRL community has paid tribute to Brett Morris after the superstar suffered a potentially career-ending injury.

With less than five minutes left in the Roosters’ 38-4 win over the Newcastle Knights on Saturday, Morris was tackled into touch and grasped his knee, fearing the worst.

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It was just minutes after teammate Lindsay Collins was taken off the field for a similar injury.

Morris has played 275 first grade games and is the fourth most prolific try scorer in rugby league history with 176 tries.

Remarkably, at 34, he had 11 tries this season.

But devastating scenes saw Morris appear to be wiped out for the remainder of the season — and perhaps his career — suffering what is believed to be an ACL injury.

The rugby league world was heartbroken watching footage of Morris in tears inside the Roosters changeroom, as teammates and brother Josh consoled the veteran.

Josh checks on Brett Morris after the injury.Source:FOX SPORTS

Roosters coach Trent Robinson appeared to believe it was the end of Brett Morris’ incredible career.

“Shattering is the word,” he said in his post-match press conference. “It’s really disappointing.

“Really proud of the way the guys played, we came up here and we backed up the last couple of weeks into another good performance.

“The end was … whatever adjective you want to use, but it was a really tough night for us. I think they are both the same, from what I know. Both knees, won’t be back again this year.

“It’s one of the proudest and worst sheds I’ve been in. It’s a group of guys who really like each other and you’ve got a guy who is a legend of our game who has possibly just finished his career.

“Footy rolls on, so we’ll get back to it. We’ve got guys that haven’t played that need to play. No one gets a fairytale. Jake (Friend) didn’t get one, Brett didn’t get one … if it is that case, but they also did get fairytales in the way their careers were played.”

The NRL Physio Twitter account, run by physiotherapist Brien Seeney, who gives NRL fans an insight into what injuries could mean, offered some thoughts into the treatment of an ACL injury.

He tweeted: “Trent Robinson indicates both Lindsay Collins & Brett Morris suffered suspected ACL injuries. Shattering as the hands on tests medical staff can perform are extremely accurate at diagnosing these ACL injuries, scans often confirm what they already know. Wish both players the best.

“Important insight for fans; many players hate the idea of going off on a medicab and will refuse it if they can. Brett Morris did that tonight. The damage is already done, no risk for further injury if he is assisted from the field by the trainers. Extremely tough competitors.”

The reason Morris was walked off the ground.Source:Getty Images

But he also offered a potential way back, revealing: “There are pro athletes in the right situation who have forgone surgery and been able to return in 3-4 months after an ACL rupture. Is a roll of the dice & yet to be attempted in the NRL; could BMoz be the first?”

Social media was quick to pay tribute to the star, with most hoping he can find a way to get back on the field.

Have not seen many sadder sporting sights than the dressing room hug between the Morris twins. Thoughts with one of the greats of his generation @bmozzle.

Oh my God!!!

Man I feel for Morris. The injury. The walk around the field. Poor bugger

This is absolutely shattering. Brett Morris deserves so much better than this. #NRLKnightsRoosters

If this is it for Brett Morris, he's the GOAT winger for me. Tryscoring freak, toughness, defence, athletic ability… he had it all. Obviously hoping we see him again though! #NRLKnightsRoosters

The Morris twins, powerful scenes in the sheds after.

I've said it before and I'll say it again. If the Morris twins aren't one of the top five things you love about rugby league you're just wrong. Heartbroken for Brett, who gave the very best of himself always, not least of which was the 2014 Origin series.

The Morris twins are two of the nicest guys in sport let alone the NRL. Heartbreaking to see what Brett Morris is going through

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