He was suspended for three weeks by his club, Leicester, after he was accused of stamping on London Irish's ex-Springbok scrum-half Kevin Putt, and clearly fears more punishment when the Rugby Football Union meets to decide how he should be dealt with.
The 25-year-old specialist half-back, who plays on the wing for England, has already missed two Five Nations victories for his country and received a threatening letter from Ireland during his current ban.
His absence also forces him to the sidelines for possible World Cup selection. He was reported as saying: "If the RFU ban me for the rest of the season, I'll probably retire from the game."Reuse content