Underwood isn't the right fit

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:27 AM ET

KEMPTVILLE -- The Dimitrius Underwood experiment appears to be all but over.

The Renegades are expected to cut the former first-round NFLer either this weekend or Monday, given that the best thing coach/GM Joe Paopao has said about the quiet defensive lineman through two weeks of camp is that he's been "okay."

With Underwood -- and even a remote possibility that he could lapse into the dangerous mood swings his bipolar disorder can cause -- being "okay" isn't even close to being good enough.

Paopao said Underwood played the fourth quarter of Thursday's pre-season game in Montreal, and seemed surprised reporters didn't notice a 6-foot-6 giant along the line.

Stats takers at Molson Stadium didn't either, as Underwood was not credited with a single one.

Perhaps the most glaring deficiency in Ottawa's game against the Als was an inability to stop the run. Montreal rushed for 209 yards, not counting the minus-16 hung on QB Ted White, and 70 of it came on four carries by some rookie named Fred Talley -- in the fourth quarter.

Underwood doesn't fit into the Renegades scheme. A natural end, they have reserved one side for sack specialist Ray Jacobs and currently have veteran Keaton Cromartie fending off returnees A.C. Collier, John Turntine and Kai Ellis at the other.

The arrival yesterday of 11-year CFLer Johnny Scott, a noted run stopper, would seem to take care of one tackle spot, while Jerome Haywood has the other. Non-import Ottawa boys Marc Pilon and Cam Legault will also figure largely along the interior.

And so it is that a little more than one decade later, another ex-NFLer with a large reputation has failed to crack the Ottawa roster.

Unlike the case of Dexter Manley, the Gliebermans aren't likely to try to save Underwood from deportation.

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