A Bjorn again kicker?

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:27 AM ET

KEMPTVILLE -- The Renegades hope they've found a Swede solution to their placekicking dilemma.

Back at training camp at Kemptville College after Thursday's 27-16 pre-season win over the Montreal Alouettes at Percival Molson Stadium, coach Joe Paopao said the team would be bringing in an import kicker this weekend.

That player is former NFLer Bjorn Nittmo, best known for his appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman.

When he played for the New York Giants in 1989, Letterman took to Nittmo's foreign name and used it as a running gag.

Nittmo, a native of Lomma, Sweden, picked up on it and become a regular guest on the popular show.

It's a long way from midtown Manhattan to Kemptville College, but Nittmo has found the way, thanks to connections with the Gliebermans, who owned the Shreveport Pirates when Nittmo plied his trade there during the 1995 CFL season.

When he arrives, the 38-year-old native of Sweden will compete against veteran newcomer Matt Kellett and Kanata native Pat Fleming, who did his best to complicate an already mixed-up Renegades placekicking situation on Thursday.

Known more for his punting abilities, Fleming looked good on field goal successes from 38 and 41 yards in the second quarter, and also missed a longer attempt from 47 yards out.

It was the first time Fleming kicked field goals since playing minor football as a 17-year-old for the Ottawa Norsemen.

Paopao praised Fleming's performance, labelling it as "extremely" pleasing.

Meanwhile, Kellett will undergo more tests done on his right eye on Monday to find out why he's seeing double.

The problem started last year, requiring Kellett at times to wear a pirate-style eye patch during games.

He thought the problem had sorted itself, but said the double vision returned after the Renegades traded a first-round pick for him on Canadian draft day in April.

"It's frustrating. I feel bad for putting the organization in kind of a bind," said Kellett, who has worn glasses this spring during camp workouts.

He said yesterday his close-range vision is fine, but often he sees two of everything when looking at distant objects, including field goal uprights.

"You get traded and you're healthy. Then you get here, and you get unhealthy again," he said. "It's frustrating on my part, and I'm sure it's frustrating on the coaches' part and the organization."

If the situation is in fact frustrating, Paopao wasn't showing outward signs of it yesterday, saying he'd have no problem sending Kellett out to kick field goals if the season were to start today.

"Now we know if Matt Kellett goes down, Pat can step in," said Paopao.

"If Pat didn't kick (Thursday), we wouldn't know that."

HUDSON SIDELINED: The hurting on Ottawa's offensive line continues, with centre George Hudson limping around camp yesterday after suffering a sprained foot during Thursday's game. He'll miss at least one week of practice, but hopes to be ready for the opener in Edmonton.

GREAT SCOTT: Eleven-year CFL vet Johnny Scott arrived at camp yesterday and could be on the practice field as early as today. The 36-year-old Scott played two seasons for Hamilton before being cut by the Ti-Cats last week.

OTHER HURTS: Canadian rookie LB Brian Oddi suffered a knee injury on Thursday and could be out for the remainder of the season ... DB Korey Banks (leg) and QB Brad Banks (shoulder) also got hurt in Montreal, but are expected to be fine when camp practices resume today.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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