Jesse Bromwich is only expected to miss two weeks of action for Melbourne Storm, despite suffering a dislocation to his thumb which saw the bone subsequently pierce the skin.
New Zealand captain Bromwich suffered the horrendous injury during Friday's 12-6 victory over Canterbury Bulldogs, clearly in pain as he made a swift exit after just 10 minutes.
However, scans have shown no severe damage for the powerful prop, who is expected to return later this month.
"It was really concerning at the time, a player like Jesse just doesn't walk off the field immediately unless there is something seriously wrong," Melbourne football director Frank Ponissi told Storm TV.
"He had a dislocation to his thumb which unfortunately pierced the skin.
"At the time we thought it was fractured. Thankfully, scans have shown that there is no fracture or structural damage to the thumb.
"The dislocation was fine, it went back in place. All going well if there is no infection and the wound heals well he could be back in two weeks, which is amazing thinking what it could have been last Friday night."