Jack Reed failed to return to the field at half time during Brisbane’s 26-12 loss to Cronulla.
Reed was reported to have suffered a small fractured fibula based on initial observation, and was expected to be out for four to six weeks.
However the Melbourne tabloid, the Herald Sun, reported that Reed had miraculously recovered from a ‘broken leg’ and could be back for the Broncos as early as round 19. The Broncos have a bye following Wednesday’s State of Origin finale.
Reed underwent an MRI scan which eventually revealed a small fractured fibula confirming the original reports, which had apparently been missed from X-Rays.
Colin Best grabbed an early try for the Sharks, and things got worse for the Broncos. Graham scored a try of his won before being put on report for the high tackle on Hoffman. Ben Pomeroy scored Cronulla’s third within quarter of an hour.
Aaron Whitchurch scored on debut for the Broncos, while captain Alex Glenn touched down eight minutes into the second half.
But it was Cronulla’s day, as tries from Nathan Stapleton and another from Best sealed the win.
Sam Burgess made a return from injury to partner his brother Luke in the front row against Penrith.
Dave Taylor and Andrew Everingham added solitary contributions to the score board, while the Panthers hit back twice within the space of three minutes, in the 29th and 32nd minute respectively, with tries from Clint Newton and Lachlan Coote.
The Rabbitohs under 20s defeated their Penrith counterparts 46-16.
Ellis looks unlikely to make a return from injury against his England team mate James Graham on Friday night, but has been told he is close to recovery from a foot injury which has kept him out of action since round five.