Rogers cast in new role

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:19 AM ET

Facing the Saskatchewan Roughriders in a critical return match next week is a daunting enough task for the Renegades.

Now they've learned both starting cornerbacks might be out of commission.

At least Bo Rogers says he'll give it the old college try when he returns to Ottawa from his home in Miami for practice early next week, sporting a not-so-fashionable cast on his right arm.

The Renegades cornerback suffered a slight fracture of his right radius, near the wrist, on a tackle of Roughriders running back Kenton Keith during Sunday's 36-22 loss in Regina.

His injury adds to an ever-growing list of casualties for the Renegades, which includes the absence of the other starting cornerback, Jonathan Ordway, out for the remainder with a groin injury.

Also sitting for the duration will be Canadian defensive lineman Roger Dunbrack who ripped a biceps muscle during last Sunday's game, an injury that required season-ending surgery.

148 MAN-GAMES LOST

The injuries are keeping Renegades' head athletic therapist Steve Dias extra busy. Heading into the game in Regina, the team had lost 148 man-games to injury. Add last week's tally from the medical unit and, with four games remaining, the club will likely pass last year's total of 179 games lost.

As for Rogers, he believed the injury was minor at first because swelling had subsided while the team returned to Ottawa from the Prairies.

But he went home to Miami for the team's bye week and an X-ray there revealed the fracture.

Rogers said from Florida yesterday that the injury will not prevent him from playing in the rematch against Saskatchewan on Oct. 9 at Frank Clair Stadium.

"I think I'll be able to finish the season," he said without hesitation. "It was one of those freak things, and I was surprised when the doctor told me it was broken."

Rogers will wear a protective cast over the injured area and return to the practice field next week when the Renegades resume a normal schedule.

"I think I'll be able to go 100%," said Rogers. "As far as catching with both hands, I have my doubts, but I should be able to do what I normally do."

He made a great CFL debut in the team's season opener against Winnipeg in June, but suffered a broken finger during special teams coverage in the fourth quarter and was forced to miss half the season because the Renegades placed him on the nine-week injured reserve list.

Rogers returned to action Sept. 3 at home against Montreal.

Last week during practice, he was involved in a fight with receiver Darryl Ray.

With Ordway out and Rogers possibly playing hurt, the club is trying to sign import cornerback Korey Banks, whose negotiation rights they acquired in August in a trade with Edmonton.

Banks, cousin of No. 3 QB Brad Banks and a good friend of receiver Jason Armstead, played at Mississippi State and spent last year on the practice roster of the Miami Dolphins.

He was cut by the Dolphins during training camp this year, and most recently had a tryout with the Washington Redskins.

NOTES: Canadian S Shawn Gallant will return for the Oct. 9 game. He's been out with a knee injury since Aug. 6 ... A week's rest will help Canadian DB Dave Donaldson recover from ankle tendinitis.


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