Geelong captain Patrick Dangerfield was taken to hospital after a collision during the Cats’ 38-point loss to Port Adelaide on Thursday night.

The 33-year-old suffered a knock to what appeared to be his lower back/hip region in a clash with Dan Houston in the second quarter.

The Cats on Friday revealed Dangerfield cracked a rib and suffered a partially collapsed lung, making his effort to play the rest of the game astonishing.

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The club confirmed Dangerfield was taken to hospital “as a precaution for further assessment” despite playing the rest of the game. The star was transported in an ambulance according to the ABC.

“He got that knock and he just progressively seized up more and more to the point where, he’s a warrior, but it looked to us like he couldn’t move,” coach Chris Scott said.

“He said that he wanted to keep trying, but it was clear he just couldn’t have an impact on the game from pretty early in the second quarter.

“Our medical staff are brilliant and they will be providing the best care possible.

“I could say that it’s a back spasm or something like that, but the honest answer is I don’t know.”

It was Dangerfield’s first game back after a hamstring injury in round eight.

Geelong also lost young midfielder Tanner Bruhn to a shoulder problem but more worrying is the club’s record of 6-7 this season.

The Cats left the door open in the final quarter, conceding seven unanswered goals.

“The pattern has been ‘get a couple back, lose a couple’,” Scott said.

“It’s not an excuse, but there is a really strong correlation around the competition at the moment that teams who have good availability and good cohesion (are winning).

“We were case in point last year, we were going OK and we found a way to win some games and when we got them all back and they played together week after week we hit our straps.

“We’re optimistic that can happen again.”

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There are questions over the form of new Geelong captain Patrick Dangerfield after another subpar performance as the reigning premiers suffered a second straight loss.

After being overrun by Collingwood in round one, Geelong spent most of round two trailing a hungry Carlton side who eventually ran out 13. 12. (90) to 12. 10. (82) winners at the MCG despite a nervy finish.

While Carlton was excellent, Dangerfield followed his 22-disposal outing against the Magpies with another 22 against the Blues.

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The 32-year-old assumed the captaincy from the retired Joel Selwood this season, and AFL icon Mick Malthouse questioned whether the added duty was having an impact on the Cats superstar.

“He’s had two shockers. Last week he didn’t play (well), this week he’s really struggled,” Malthouse told ABC.

“I don’t know if it’s the expectations or leadership. He just doesn’t look like the same dynamic player.”

The loss drops Geelong to its first 0-2 start to the season since 2015. The Cats are the first reigning premiers to lose their first two games the following season since Hawthorn started 0-2 in 2009.

The Cats were without premiership defensive trio Tom Stewart, Jack Henry and Jake Kolodjashnij and reigning Coleman Medal winner Charlie Curnow took full advantage.

Curnow was outstanding up forward as the leading man for Carlton, kicking 5.2 in a thrilling shootout with Geelong forward Jeremy Cameron, who finished with 6.1.

The Blues led by as many as 28 points in the third quarter but had to withstand a furious Geelong rally in the final stanza.

Geelong will hope to get off its two-game slide when it travels to the Gold Coast to face the Suns in round three.

Carlton will look to build a winning streak next week when it travels interstate to take on the GWS Giants.

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