In my query above if the OC slips as the IC passes and ends up kneeling on the ground, OC catches the ball and passes it on to the winger... what do you do?
that's different, players slipping over, and players going to ground to collect a loose ball are every day occurences. Play on.
But once a player is on the ground, I don't think he can play a ball, or a ball carrier, that comes in his direction. He should get up first.
(we have discussed this before: player is on the ground and a loose ball happens to come in his direction, can he play it? IIRC opinions differed ans some one asked SAREFS who said no. I guess it's the same thing)