Melbourne Storm veteran Ryan Hoffman will be doing all he can to play again in 2018 after scans today revealed the extent of his hamstring injury.
The 34-year old has ruptured the central tendon in his left hamstring, with the injury occurring within the final minutes of the Storm's loss to Cronulla.
An injury of this nature roughly takes about eight weeks to fully heal, but Hoffman will jump straight into his rehab in an attempt to make an incredible comeback if the opportunity presents itself during the finals series.
Storm Football Director Frank Ponissi told melbournestorm.com.au Hoffman will be working endlessly to try and put on the purple jersey one last time before retiring at seasons end.
"Whilst it will be difficult for Hoffy to return before the end of the season, we have no doubt he will do everything in his power to make that a possibility," Ponissi said.
"Hoffy has shown nothing but class and professionalism throughout his 16 years at the highest level and there is no reason why this final month or so will be any different."
If last Sunday's game was to be Hoffman's last for the Melbourne Storm, the forward will finish fourth in all time games played for Melbourne with 267 games.