Most likely it’s fear of getting injured , or aggravating an existing injury. He needs the best possible pre-season and they are probably trying to keep the loads as high as possible but reducing amount of contact at this point.
Correct. At VFL level, he was a fierce competitor for the ground ball and would stand in front of forming packs or back into packs, as was the case when he marked on the last line to effectively save the game late in the season. He is one player who does impose himself on the contest, surely that is not in question.