'Gades shuffling deck for 'Riders

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:16 AM ET

The return of Pat Woodcock and John Turntine will be among eight, yes eight, changes the Renegades are making for tomorrow night's game against Saskatchewan.

Woodcock, who has missed the last two games with turf toe, will suit up despite being less than 100% healthy.

"He's good enough to come out and contribute," said coach Joe Paopao, who will ease the receiver back into the lineup. "We're going to be smart with him. He'll play at least 50% of the snaps."

Turntine benefitted from the club's bye week, as the added time off helped heal his strained foot ligament. The rookie defensive tackle was injured at practice two days after being named the CFL's lineman of the week.

STARTERS BACK

"Before Turntine was hurt, he was probably one of our better defensive linemen," said Paopao, who shrugged off the high number of changes this week. "Some of our starters are coming back. We're ready to go."

The other additions will be kicker Brian Holmes, defensive end Raymond House, safety Shawn Gallant, cornerback George McCullough, defensive back Hassan Probherbs and quarterback Brad Banks.

They'll replace kicker Sandro Sciortinio, defensive tackle Roger Dunbrack, linebacker Charles Assman, cornerback Jonathan Ordway, wide receiver Sherrod Gideon, defensive lineman Tony White, cornerback Bo Rogers and QB Tyler Paopao.

House will be playing in his first CFL game while Gallant is returning after missing the past seven games with a meniscus tear in his right knee. He would have been back a week or two ago, except the Renegades had trouble finding a surgeon to make the repairs.

"One was at the Olympics, another had a family emergency the day before he was to do it ... we went to about five before finding one," said Gallant, who was originally drafted into the CFL by the Roughriders.

"The biggest thing about being on the sidelines is you don't feel part of a victory, and when you lose you feel helpless because you couldn't do anything to prevent it. I'm anxious to get back."

EXTRA POINTS: GM Eric Tillman says the Renegades are unlikely to make any moves before the Oct. 13 trade deadline. "There are no ongoing discussions," he said. "Usually, calls are made and received in the last 48 hours before the deadline, but we don't plan on making any calls." At the same time, the Renegades could be open to a blockbuster if they lose this week and Hamilton wins ... Dunbrack had successful surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle Tuesday. He should be 100% ready for next year's camp ... Any curse following the injury-riddled Renegades this season took time off yesterday to haunt a group of men who had rented Frank Clair Stadium for a game of touch football after the CFLers had practiced. Their fun was interrupted when one of them hit the turf hard while running a pass route. An ambulance took him to the hospital ... Renegades president Brad Watters expects 23,000-24,000 to attend tomorrow's game.


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