“I obviously wanted to play the next weekend,” Cordner said. “Being a player I was going in and pushing them to let me play. But [the doctors] said ‘look, we’ve had a look at it, it looks pretty bad’.
Once I saw it I thought ‘shit, I’ll have a week off’. It was pretty scary.
“I asked if I could have a look at it. I think I needed to see that.
“Once I saw it I thought ‘shit, I’ll have a week off’. It was pretty scary.”
The Roosters sorely missed the influence of the two-time premiership winner on their left edge as the Broncos pipped them.
And it was another small hiccup for NSW coach Brad Fittler, who has been plagued by loss of form and injuries in what he concedes is a tougher State of Origin selection than before game one last year when he blooded a record 11 debutants.
Cordner is set to be part of potentially an all-Roosters left edge including Clive Churchill Medal winner Luke Keary and centre Latrell Mitchell, providing he can get through the clash against the Knights unscathed.
“I try not to think about [concussion effects] too much because I’m not in that situation at the moment,” Cordner said. “But it is a delicate situation when there’s anything to do with your head.
“It’s a pretty frustrating injury too because you’re able. You’re body’s able, it’s not like a soft tissue or anything. But at the same time you’ve got to sit back and think it’s pretty serious stuff, you don’t want to mess around with it.
“It’s not good missing footy games but this time of year, with what’s coming up, it’s probably a good thing as well.”