Bullet wound comes with the territory

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:53 AM ET

The import defensive back showed up at Ottawa's training camp last May with a bullet wound in his arm and was promptly sent home.

But Daniel Jones then cut the cast off himself and started his road to recovery. Jones is now back with the Renegades and is waiting for another shot at making it in the CFL.

"I took little steps, then big steps," Jones told the Ottawa Citizen. "I'm back now and that is the ultimate goal. I'm just glad they took me back."

Three months before training camp started, Jones was in the front yard of his mother's house in Fresno, Calif., when a nine-millimetre bullet sniped through his forearm. But Jones, 23, shrugged it off.

Mistaken identity

"It was a mistaken identity," said Jones, who was in Montreal's 2004 training camp. "She chose to live in a bad neighbourhood. She lives on a gang street. That stuff goes on there year-round."

STUPID VOTERS: Ballots for nominees for the most outstanding player for each team are coming up and Saskatchewan's head coach Danny Barrett figures all voters would be stupid if they don't go for the versatile Corey Holmes.

"He's my vote for most outstanding player," Barrett told Sun Media. "If anybody votes on one of these quarterbacks in the West, then there's something wrong with their head. There is nothing spectacular about a quarterback in the West. Corey Holmes is the guy."

Actually, we kind of like at least two QBs in the West better.

HASHMARKS: B.C. head coach/GM Wally Buono found former Alouette OL Wally Highsmith's 1970 Grey Cup ring and took it to Montreal last week. A Vancouver pawn shop had called Buono about the possibly-stolen bauble ... Ontario's Brian Diesbourg has reportedly been forced to sign a waiver promising he will not practise placekicking until the day before his $1 million kick-to-win contest ... Perry Lefko, the Toronto Sun's CFL beat reporter, has penned a new book on Argo head coach Michael Clemons -- Pinball: The Making of a Canadian Hero -- which is now available in hard cover for $34.99.

AROUND THE LEAGUE

B.C. Lions

* Some reporters are calling QB Casey Printers the Great Pretender after his performance against Montreal. Printers, who supposedly had a sore shoulder, was throwing underhand leading up to the game, then completed 21 of 33 passes for 357 yards and four touchdowns.

Calgary Stampeders

* Rumours have already started that the Stamps will make a pitch for Hamilton receiver Brock Ralph once he becomes a free agent this winter so he can join his brother, Brett, in Cowtown. Edmonton dealt Ralph to Hamilton in the Troy Davis deal.

Edmonton Eskimos

* The Eskies are still giddy over fleecing Hamilton. "If we hadn't made that trade for (OL Dan Comiskey and RB Troy Davis), we'd have lost the last two games," OL Bruce Beaton told The Edmonton Sun.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

* QB Marcus Brady, who completed only seven passes for 74 yards, objected to being pulled from last week's match. "I didn't agree with the decision but I'm not the coach," he told the Hamilton Spectator.

Montreal Alouettes

* "Wow ... It was one of those games," QB Anthony Calvillo said after completing the game-winning 20-yard TD pass to Dave Stala, the receiver's first game-winner of his career, in Montreal's victory over the Lions.

Ottawa Renegades

* The Gliebermans plan to contact Canadian comedian Dan Aykroyd to see if he really is interested in investing in a CFL franchise as he had indicated in a TV interview during a CFL game last week.

Saskatchewan Roughriders

* Saskatchewan's only hope to host a playoff game since 1988 is to win both of their remaining matches, have Edmonton lose its final two and Calgary lose at least two of its final three.

Toronto Argonauts

* When DB Clifford Ivory blocked Jon Ryan's punt in the game against Winnipeg, it was Toronto's first of the year and the fifth of Ivory's career.


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