South Sydney star Sam Burgess appears set to play in Saturday's grand final qualifier despite being involved in a sexting scandal that the NRL integrity unit is investigating.
The Rabbitohs were rocked last week by a woman's allegations that a social media account owned by Burgess was used to communicate lewd video of two players to her in May.
There were fears the matter would result in a player being suspended from the rest of this year's finals series, including their preliminary final against the Sydney Roosters.
However, NRL boss Todd Greenberg said while the case is expected to be finalised as soon as possible, he would not be rushed into a decision on potential bans.
"We've made a consistent approach to these things, we've been doing it for a number of years now," Greenberg said on Thursday.
"We'll deal with the details and issues in the investigation, we won't make decisions on the run."
Greenberg refused to address speculation that the woman, who is believed to have initially taken her concerns to the club before going public, is refusing to be interviewed by the integrity unit.
"I'm not going to comment specifically on who's being interviewed and who's not," he said.
"But I will say to you is for us to be able to land at a conclusion and complete the investigation it requires us to try our very hardest to talk to as many people as possible.
"And that's what the integrity unit are doing at the moment."
It is the second off-field incident to embarrass the NRL since the end of the regular season, with Canterbury being fined for their ill-advised Mad Monday behaviour.
Greenberg admitted the damaging headlines have taken the gloss off what has so far been one of the closest finals series in recent memory.
"I'd much prefer to be talking to you today about what will be a full house in Sydney at Allianz Stadium to farewell what's been a great stadium, and a full house in Melbourne," he said.
"I understand that, from time to time, issues will come on our table and you will judge us on two things: on the issue itself and how we deal with it.
"We've got a pretty strong track record in rugby league and (as) an integrity unit, to deal with those issues methodically, professionally, appropriately and then hand a decision."