Angus Brayshaw is continuing to improve from concussion during an “emotional” period for everyone involved with the Melbourne wingman, teammates say.
The 27-year-old was concussed in a collision with Collingwood’s Brayden Maynard, who was cited for rough conduct before being cleared of any wrongdoing by the AFL tribunal.
Brayshaw, who has a history of concussions, won’t play against Carlton in Friday night’s semi-final but his future beyond that is looking more positive by the day.
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“He is going better,” Christian Petracca told radio station KIIS on Thursday.
“I saw him the day after (the incident) and obviously he got concussed 12 hours before that, so of course he was going to be feeling sore.
“And with his history with it, I think that was moreso worrying him.
“But he saw the neurologist and all clear. Apparently, the concussion, the way he pulled up compared to the last one was much better, which is good.”
Demons captain Max Gawn shared a similar perspective when he spoke on Triple M radio.
“We were really worried obviously early. He had a real bad first night,” the skipper said.
“This was (concussion) number six and his fifth one was an eight-weeker.
“I’m not an expert in concussion I don’t know much about it, all I know is he’s sticking to the protocols and he hasn’t had a bad day yet. Technically he’s ticked off the first five days of a 14-day protocol.
“He’s still looking like he could play in the prelim if we get there, which is so much more positive than what we thought on the initial night.”
Brayshaw is engaged to Danielle Frawley, the daughter of late St Kilda great Danny Frawley, and both families have expressed concern for the footballer.
“It’s just difficult … that is what has been tough for myself and the team to try rally around him and his family,” Petracca said.
“Footy is a byproduct of who we are, we are human beings at the end of the day.
“Footy, yes, is our job but you’ve got your brain for the rest of your life.
“That has probably been the difficult point of view, seeing what he’s gone through, and the family, and we are really close to them.”
Petracca said it was hard for people not close to Brayshaw to understand what the 27-year-old has been through.
“I don’t think people understand the layers to the concussion,” Petracca said.
“It’s not just affecting Angus, it’s the broader perspective of the family, it’s the Frawley family, it’s the Brayshaw family, it’s the parents.
“It’s an emotional time for everyone.”
– with 7NEWS