'Gades counting on healthier O-line

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:55 AM ET

The Renegades are hoping to get some injured bodies back on the offensive line for Friday night's home opener against the Montreal Alouettes.

Coach-GM Joe Paopao said yesterday that import left tackle Reggie Nelson and veteran guard Mike Sutherland would be ready for practice when the team returns to the field today following Friday's 41-16 loss to the Eskimos in Edmonton.

Nelson, who played collegiate football with Renegades quarterback Kerry Joseph at McNeese State in Louisiana, suffered a sprained ankle during training camp and missed the season opener against the Eskimos.

BROKEN FINGER

And Sutherland, an Ottawa native, broke a finger early in camp and was also unable to go in Edmonton.

With rookie Marc Parenteau starting at left tackle, the Eskimos had a field day getting to Joseph, pounding him all night and registering seven sacks.

The result was disastrous for the Renegades, who managed just 184 offensive yards, eight first downs and only one touchdown on offence when Joseph hooked up with Jason Armstead for a late major.

But of foremost concern is protecting Joseph, who the Renegades simply cannot afford to lose to injury.

On defence, Ottawa lost middle linebacker Keaton Cromartie in the first quarter in Edmonton to a concussion.

The veteran is questionable for the home opener on Canada Day against the Als.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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