Parramatta teen sensation Dylan Brown is set to miss eight weeks of football due to bone bruising in his lower back.
reports Brown suffered the setback in a practice match against Penrith in February.
Brown could have continued to play with the injury common among cricket fast bowlers, but the Eels decided to play it safe with the youngster and allow his body to rest.
20-year-old Jaeman Salmon will be promoted to the starting lineup to partner Mitchell Moses in the halves.
Salmon missed round one due to suspension for a drink driving infringement but has been used off the interchange bench in the last two weeks. The Eels face Cronulla at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.