Injuries, suspension taking their toll

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:43 AM ET

KEMPTVILLE -- As final preparations are being made to formally announce the return of the Gliebermans at a news conference downtown this morning, the Renegades are having trouble holding onto their players here.

Rookie offensive tackle Christian Leible-Cote is the latest to be derailed by injury. It appears his left knee will require arthroscopic surgery that should keep him out for 4-6 weeks.

LEIBLE-COTE OUT

Leible-Cote's injury is likely the most serious of a group that includes Crance Clemons (knee), G Val St. Germain (groin), SB Darryl Ray (hamstring) and QB Tyler Paopao (shoulder).

Veteran kicker/punter Matt Kellett is still waiting final clearance from an optometrist before taking the field for the first time.

Potentially most serious, however, is the status of Syniker Taylor. The talented, second-year player is listed as the team's starting safety, although he was expected to flip-flop with linebacker Kyries Hebert.

But yesterday, coach/GM Joe Paopao suspended Taylor, citing "personal matters."

"He didn't come to camp in great shape ... he was okay," Paopao said. "But he has personal matters he didn't want to talk about ... he's going back to (Ottawa) and we'll be in contact with him at the end of the week."

The loss of Taylor is just the latest setback for a secondary that has already been devastated by deletions. Before camp began, promising non-import Hassan Probherbs announced his retirement. Import halfback Leonard Myers, a former New England Patriot who owns a Super Bowl ring, didn't show up for physicals and still hasn't been located. Import halfback Daniel Jones showed up but with his arm in a cast, and he was sent home.

MARQUEE PLAYER

Clemons, who is expected to be the secondary's marquee player, isn't expected to be ready until the second pre-season game.

Meanwhile, Paopao has added former Carleton Ravens offensive lineman Mike Homewood to the training-camp roster.

Another import, Reggie Nelson, is expected to join the O-line this week. He played with QB Kerry Joseph at McNeese State.

CATCH OF THE DAY: Bashir Yamini went high and landed hard to snare a Paul Peterson pass in the morning practice.

HIT OF THE DAY: Might not have been the hardest, but a helmetless DE John Turntine created a smack when he threw his upper torso into Jason Armstead.

HE SAID IT: "I'm fat." -- Renegades LB Jason Kralt, who claims to be be carrying around 25 lbs. worth of extra baggage. He wanted to report at 225.

THE KOREY (BANKS) QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I grade myself an F today. I only made one play, and on the 1-on-1s, I was 0-for-2. I gave up two catches. That's a bad day for me. As an athlete, I want to destroy every day. I don't like to lose. I have to go out the next day and get back on my pace of dominance."


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