Interim Richmond coach Jade Rawlings says opting for youth in his first selection does not spell the end for experienced players.
Joel Bowden, Jordie McMahon, Troy Simmonds, Mark Coughlan and Kayne Pettifer were all axed.
But Rawlings said on Friday ahead of training at Punt Road he had talked extensively with all concerned and no problems existed with any of them.
"We haven't put a line through any person on our list,'' Rawlings said.
"I said to all the guys, 'There is no cap on whether it is one week, eight weeks or never again'.
"They will need to go to Coburg and do something about elements of the game that we have discussed with them to be able to give them a chance to be able to come back in the senior side.''
Joel Bowden, in particular, has received strong support from Richmond supporters after his axing.
"I totally understand why he's got plenty of support - I'd be disappointed for him if there wasn't some support," Rawlings said.
"It's been over probably a month - he's been on the borderline once or twice this year already, and to his credit he's fought back really well.
"He can easily generate the ball, he's shown that, but there's just some elements of his game he needs to tighten up."
Rawlings denied he was trying to make a statement with the axings.
"It is a lot of changes from one week to another, but we want to move forward, picking a team we think is going to help shape the future of the footy club and also reward form," Rawlings said.
"People ask 'Is it a statement?' - I don't know if it's a statement, it's just a fact that a lot of those players who are out of the side now haven't been in great form."