Sandro's in 'Gades' prayers

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:31 AM ET

Most of the Renegades didn't know about kicker Sandro Sciortino's concerns about his health. After quietly undergoing tests, Sciortino was diagnosed with testicular cancer and underwent surgery last week.

"You never know what a guy is going through in his life," said quarterback Kerry Joseph. "He wanted to make sure it would not be a distraction. He didn't want to use it as an excuse when he was going through some tough times on the field.

"Our prayers are with him. We're behind him. He's a strong guy who's going to recover well. It puts a lot of things in perspective."

WOODCOCK READY: Renegades receiver Pat Woodcock practised yesterday and proclaimed himself ready to go Saturday. "It's as good as it's going to get. I'm going to go after it," he said of his turf toe, which he injured against the B.C. Lions Sept. 11. "How it feels now is the way it's going to feel."

Woodcock said he'll discuss with the training staff his options in terms of perhaps freezing or numbing the toe, but the problem with that is he needs some sensation in order to plant and cut.

"We'll find out if maybe a little something can numb it," he said.


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