Als 'my playoffs' for iron 'Gade

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:05 AM ET

If it were any other game and any other venue, Kelly Wiltshire's "Ironman" streak would likely be coming to an end.

But the prospect of playing in front of screaming fans at the Big O in Montreal against the Alouettes, his former team, is serving as a natural tonic to all that ails the Renegades linebacker.

Suffering from a banged-up knee and various other nicks and scratches, Wiltshire will likely be in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Alouettes and lengthen a streak of consecutive games played to 151.

"We're playing in Montreal in front of 54,000 people. It's going to be great there on Saturday," said the third-year Renegade and seven-year CFL vet who toiled in Montreal for two seasons before signing as a free-agent with Ottawa in its inaugural season. "I'm sure those people will be going crazy. That gets me juiced up

"That's my playoffs. I signed up for 18 games and I plan on playing for 18 games. I'm here to play football."

142-GAME STREAK

Wiltshire has never missed a game since starting his CFL career with the Argos in 1997 -- a string of 142 regular-season matches. He has also played in nine post-season contests, including Grey Cup games with Toronto in 1997 and Montreal in 2000.

He has a knee injury that might require off-season surgery.

"Everybody's banged up at this time of the year. I thought about it, and it's a long five months off," said Wiltshire. "A lot of players are going to play until the end of November, so I thought five months is long. I took two days off and decided that I belong on the field."

To get players accustomed to dealing with what should be a noisy Olympic Stadium, yesterday's practice was held with music blaring out of the Frank Clair Stadium's sound system, at the request of coach Joe Paopao.

"If you've ever played in that dome or in any other dome, if I'm standing next to you, I've got to scream at you to get your attention," Paopao said.

"It's ugly loud, so we might as well start doing something that's going to (duplicate) that."

Dealing with noise and a large crowd won't bother Renegades starting QB Brad Banks, who played in front of 108,000 as a visitor to Penn State's Beaver Stadium while playing college football for the Iowa Hawkeyes in 2002.

"It was loud, but you just go out and communicate with the guys and execute," said Banks.

The Hawkeyes beat Penn State 42-35 in overtime.

NOTES: Paopao said no decision has been made between Demitris Scouras and Brian Holmes for the kicking duties on Saturday ... OT Val St. Germain and FB Mike Maurer missed practice and will likely miss the Montreal game due to injury ... "He's a nice guy, but he's definitely got an attitude to him," said DB Korey Banks, talking about his soft-spoken cousin, Brad Banks ... The last start at QB for Brad Banks was at the 2003 Hula Bowl, an NCAA all-star game.


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