Michael Weyman's NRL season is over, after the St George Illawarra prop had reconstructive surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
The NSW Origin hopeful suffered the injury in Monday night's 13-12 golden-point loss to Penrith.
Weyman, who struggled with lower leg injuries during the early years of his career with Canberra, accepted the setback and was determined to get the surgery done quickly.
"It's disappointing news but that's part of life and football in general so I can only move forward and start the recovery process," he said.
"I've been enjoying my football alongside my teammates this season and I will be supporting them from the sidelines any way I can."
Weyman's injury is another blow to a Dragons pack already missing second-rowers Beau Scott (elbow) and Matt Prior (suspension) for the next four matches - while Ben Creagh and Trent Merrin are in camp with NSW.
NSW Cup prop Josh Miller would have been in line to come in to replace Weyman, but he will be sidelined for a month with a facial fracture.
But Weyman backed his teammates to lift in his absence.
"The team, though, has plenty of depth to work with including a few young players so, overall, we will be in good stead whoever takes to the field," he said.
The Dragons decided against choosing the LARS surgery option, which could have had the one-time Australian representative back on the field before the finals.
"Because of all the other damage he's got in his knee, we have had to rule out the option of a LARS ACL reconstruction," Dragons performance director Andrew Gray said.
"He's going to require full reconstruction with his hamstring graft which will end his season.
"Michael will commence his rehabilitation immediately following the surgery but we won't see him moving again until next season's pre-season."
In better news for the club, utility Nathan Fien avoided surgery on his knee injury also suffered in the Panthers loss and could miss as little as three weeks.
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