Case of flu latest problem for Paopao

Barre Campbell -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 6:45 AM ET

Renegades coach Joe Paopao is having a rough week. It could get much worse if the Renegades can't beat the 2-10 Calgary Stampeders tomorrow.

The coach didn't show up to work at Frank Clair Stadium yesterday after a bad case of the flu put him out of commission.

Assistant coach Kani Kauahi supervised yesterday's practice, the last full workout before the team travels to Calgary this morning.

"Right now, we're planning on as if Joe is going,'' said Kauahi. ''I guess it would all depend on where his health is, but all indicators are that he's going to go."

The 4-8 Renegades, with six games remaining in the CFL's regular season, hold the last spot in the East Division standings and trail third-place Hamilton by three points.

Ottawa is also in the hunt for a cross-over playoff berth in the West, with Winnipeg (5-7) and Saskatchewan (4-8) battling for third.

IVAN THE TERRIBLE: Renegades receiver Jason Armstead is having an outstanding rookie season, but his main concern yesterday was for his family and property in Moss Point, Miss., located on the Gulf of Mexico coast. Hurricane Ivan was expected to hit the coast early this morning, with the eye of the storm -- which is packing 217 km/h winds -- predicted to pass within 75 km of Armstead's home. His pregnant wife and two children evacuated the area earlier in the week, heading inland toward the centre of the state. "Everybody's just packing up and leaving. My mom was telling me that all the highways are packed," Armstead said yesterday. "We've boarded up the house and everybody's out of town. When you get back, you just hope that everything is still intact when you get there."

STREAK CONTINUES: Kelly Wiltshire, who is moving from safety to linebacker, remains on the roster despite hurting his left heel last week and will play in his 148th consecutive game (including playoffs) tomorrow. Asked after yesterday's practice whether there was any doubt he'd be playing against the Stampeders, Wiltshire responded, "Am I playing? Does Batman fight crime?"

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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