Legally, of course. I watched Thurston get smashed time and time again in a match against the Tigers last year. He got belted as soon as he got the ball. I always thought it was strange that he subbed himself, never to return in that match, claiming injury, yet able to play the next week. Let's give him another dose on brutal, unrelenting and legal special attention.[hr] Thurston injured as Tigers beat Cowboys Andrew Keyte Saturday April 10, 2010 The West Tigers recorded a gritty win over the North Queensland Cowboys in a brutal encounter in Townsville tonight. In a match that took nearly two hours to complete because of numerous injury stoppages, the Tigers overcame a heavy weight of possession against them to claim a 23-16 victory. However the biggest story of the match involves a shoulder injury to Australian and Queensland halfback Jonathan Thurston. With the 16,273 strong crowd stunned into silence, the Cowboys captain left the field in the 30th minute and did not return. Thurston has an injury history to the same shoulder and wears a protective brace on it in every game. The early prognosis for the latest injury suggests a minimum two-to-four week stint on the sideline. He also suffered a nasty blow in the opening exchanges when Tigers forward Gareth Ellis accidently kneed Thurston in the groin as he drove down on the halfback to complete a tackle. [hr] ELATED Cowboys skipper Johnathan Thurston has issued a "hands-off" edict to the string of halfbacks eyeing his Test and State of Origin jumpers after he was cleared of a serious shoulder injury late yesterday. There had been fears Thurston's season might be over after he was forced from the field during last Saturday night's loss to Wests Tigers in Townsville. But scans yesterday revealed Thurston had suffered no structural damage.