Following a painful ear injury in his last pre-season game, Bulldogs veteran Matthew Boyd is going to rock a helmet.
He aims to wear the head protection for the next month in an effort to be fit for Round 1 against Collingwood.
Boyd underwent surgery last Thursday and has been back 'every second day since'.
"I just went back with the flight of the ball, I knew there was a contest there, but I was committed to it. 'Two-metre Peter' (Wright) was about a metre higher than me and he came straight down on my ear (with his elbow), it just sort of burst open the ear," Boyd told News Corp.
"I was a bit dazed after that, but the doctor (Gary Zimmerman) and the trainer Frankie were out there pretty quickly.
"I had a towel over my head (in the rooms) and there was a lot of blood. I was lying (down) and 'Zimmer' was talking about it and saying it looked like a dog bite, and I was like, 'I can hear you. I am not deaf'."
"It was throbbing. It felt like it was hanging (off), even though it probably wasn't."
He will be joining fellow premiership player Caleb Daniel in wearing a helmet - but he doesn't mind doing so.
"I'm fine to wear it ... if the difference of wearing it and not wearing it is potentially losing the top half of your ear," he said.
"We've got CD, who is a little jet, in his helmet. The boys had a bit of a laugh about it, but I've tried it out now and feel fine."