Geelong coach Chris Scott has defended the bravery of star midfielder Patrick Dangerfield amid claims he exaggerates injuries.
Dangerfield was helped from the ground in dramatic scenes during Saturday's clash with Hawthorn at the MCG after injuring his foot during a contest with Hawks skipper Jarryd Roughead.
The reigning Brownlow medallist soon re-emerged and turned match-winner, playing deep in the forward line and booting 5.6.
It was a remarkable recovery, and one that led Port Adelaide premiership player Kane Cornes to suggest Dangerfield carried on about injuries.
Cornes claimed when Dangerfield played for Adelaide, teammates told him to stop talking up injury problems.
Cats coach Scott on Monday bluntly dismissed the comments as 'attention-seeking behaviour'.
'Patrick Dangerfield doesn't need me stepping in for him,' Scott said on Fox Footy.