Essendon midfielder Zach Merrett has been handed a one-game ban for striking Carlton's Jack Silvagni during the first quarter of Saturday night's loss at the MCG.

Based on the available evidence, the Match Review Officer assessed the incident as careless conduct with high impact and body contact, resulting in a one-match sanction with an early plea.

Meanwhile, young Bombers midfielder Andrew McGrath has been charged with striking Carlton's Sam Walsh. He can accept a $750 sanction with an early plea.

The Bombers will have a six-day break before their Friday night clash with Collingwood at the MCG.