Former Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has lamented footy has ‘gone soft’ after St Kilda ruckman Paddy Ryder was offered a two-match suspension over the bump that concussed Hawthorn youngster Will Day.

Day kicked the ball through the middle during Sunday’s match at the MCG and was crashed into late by Ryder.

The 20-year-old was helped from the field and substituted out of the match at half-time.

St Kilda ruckman Paddy Ryder (left) was offered a two-match AFL suspension on Monday

St Kilda ruckman Paddy Ryder (left) was offered a two-match AFL suspension on Monday

Ryder was on Monday charged with rough conduct, with his actions assessed by the match review officer as careless conduct, high impact and high contact.

St Kilda coach Brett Ratten said post-match the bump looked ‘pretty fair’ after watching replays of the incident.

But captain Jack Steele said the incident was a reminder to all players that opting to bump an opponent can lead to trouble.

‘At the end of the day, I suppose, it’s a player’s choice whether they bump or not,’ Steele said.

Will Day (right) kicked the ball through the middle during Sunday's match at the MCG and was crashed into late by Ryder

Will Day (right) kicked the ball through the middle during Sunday’s match at the MCG and was crashed into late by Ryder

Ryder was charged with rough conduct after leaving Day concussed following the hit

Ryder was charged with rough conduct after leaving Day concussed following the hit

‘You just can’t get them high, can’t get them in the head.

‘Paddy went for the bump and it was a bit unlucky.’

St Kilda will decide on Tuesday whether they challenge the ruling.

If suspended, Ryder will miss games against Gold Coast and GWS, with mature-age recruit Jack Hayes in line to return as his replacement. 

Day was subbed off with concussion and will miss the Hawks' clash with Geelong on Monday

Day was subbed off with concussion and will miss the Hawks’ clash with Geelong on Monday

‘What we love from Paddy is obviously his tap work but his follow-up as a ruckman as well is so crucial,’ Steele said.

‘Being a physical player in the contest is something that he’s really good at and he makes us all walk taller when he does it.’

Day will miss Hawthorn’s Easter Monday clash with Geelong under concussion protocols.

Hawks players remonstrated with Ryder after the collision, which coach Sam Mitchell said left Day ‘a bit battered […] a bit sore and sorry for himself’.

If suspended, the Saints ruckman will miss games against Gold Coast and GWS

 If suspended, cooks (Our Webpage) the Saints ruckman will miss games against Gold Coast and GWS

Buckley, however, believes the suspension was a sign the game ‘has gone soft’ and noted Day had ‘left himself open’ to contact. 

‘I mean, there’s going to be contact and he just ran into him,’ he told SEN Breakfast, before the ruling was issued.

«Paddy, he didn’t really run through him [Day] […] This is what you see quite often when it comes to front-on contact or someone turns their body and braces for contact and the other one doesn’t.

‘I fundamentally don’t believe in legislating against the worst-case scenario, or for potential injury – and that’s the slippery slope that we’ve got caught in. The game has got too soft if that’s a suspension.’

Former Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley believes the suspension was 'soft'

Former Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley believes the suspension was ‘soft’

Meanwhile, Melbourne forward Ben Brown will spend more time out of AFL action after he was hit with a suspension for striking Williamstown’s Max Philpot in the VFL.

Adelaide young gun Josh Rachele was hit with a $2000 fine for striking Essendon’s Devon Smith and Gold Coast’s Ben Ainsworth and Carlton’s Nic Newman copped $1000 fines for wrestling each other.

Blues forward Harry McKay received a $1000 fine for staging and Essendon midfielder Darcy Parish was fined $2000 for tripping Adelaide’s Braydon Cook.