Kennedy gets another chance

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:27 AM ET

KEMPTVILLE -- Darnell Kennedy talked about deja-vu yesterday. And for good reason.

He's back at Renegades camp after being signed to help out at quarterback.

"I'm trying to get adjusted, I guess," said the 27-year-old pivot, who returned to Ottawa where he spent parts of two seasons before being signed as a free agent by the Calgary Stampeders.

The Stampeders axed Kennedy from their camp last week. He was rated fourth on the team's depth chart, behind No. 1 Henry Burris and rookies Ben Dougherty and Jason Gesser.

"I'm coming from being cut for the first time in my career and coming back to Ottawa where I really got my first start."

Kennedy arrived for the first time with the Renegades in 2003, acquired in a trade for future considerations.

He's back in Ottawa after No. 2 pivot Brad Banks hurt his throwing shoulder during Thursday's pre-season game in Montreal.

Banks suffered a sprain and is expected to miss at least one week, and will be out of commission for Thursday night's pre-season rematch against the Alouettes at Frank Clair Stadium.

Kennedy will be No. 3 on Ottawa's quarterback depth list, behind starter Kerry Joseph and rookie Paul Peterson, who also suffered a slight shoulder injury in last week's game, but is expected to remain in practice for the rest of the week.

Coach Joe Paopao said the team considered signing former William and Mary college QB David Corley Jr., but went with Kennedy because he would be more familiar with the team's systems.

KELLETT KICKING: Kicker Matt Kellett kicked off a tee on a side field during yesterday's practice and was hitting the ball well.

"I'd have to say that was a good day," said Kellett who will have his right eye examined in Ottawa today.

He has been plagued with double vision in his right eye and missed Thursday's game in Montreal. He isn't worried that the Renegades are poised to sign former NFL kicker Bjorn Nittmo. "I'm not stressing," said Kellett. "The last thing this team needs is a stressed out kicker."

CAMP FIRES: The Edmonton Eskimos cut DB Robert Grant. Paopao likes Grant. "We're always interested in good football players. We consider him a good football player," said the coach ... Injuries to Ottawa-born receivers Darryl Ray and David Azzi will keep the pair out of camp action longer than expected. Paopao said Ray's groin injury and Azzi's hamstring problem will require at least two more weeks to heal.


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