'Gade defence takes a big hit

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:08 AM ET

It's not the scenario Gerald Vaughn nor the Renegades wanted, but it looks like the veteran linebacker will miss at least the next two weeks with a strained left hamstring.

Vaughn, the 35-year-old from Mississippi, playing his 13th season in the CFL, was hurt during the dramatic 39-36 overtime win by the Renegades over the Alouettes on Canada Day.

"They (the Renegades training staff) is saying two or three weeks, but Gerald thinks it's a week. That's him," said coach Joe Paopao.

Vaughn suffered the injury during the second half of Friday's game.

"He was taking out 21/2 blockers at the point of attack, and for him to blow it up and really give his body up, it was one of the main reason he got injured," said Paopao.

"It's maybe not his age. He still brings something to the table, in my opinion, because of his style of play. He's an all-out guy."

NEWCOMER GETS START

Newcomer and import D'Wayne Taylor will start in Friday's game in Vancouver against the B.C. Lions in Vaughn's spot on the right side of middle linebacker Keaton Cromartie.

Cromartie, who missed the game against Montreal after receiving a concussion in the season opener in Edmonton, practised yesterday and will be ready for the game on the west coast.

CAPITAL CONNECTION: Renegades K Matt Kellett, who kicked four field goals in the win over the Als, is no stranger to Ottawa. The 32-year-old veteran was born in Ottawa, but doesn't know which hospital. He lived in Ottawa for his first two years before his father, who worked for Revenue Canada, was transferred, but returned here when he was four and spent his first years of elementary school at Bayview Public School on Riverside Dr. before moving again when he was six.

BRASH TALK: Ottawa DB Korey Banks has an interception in each of the Renegades' games, but thought he'd have more heading into the season's third week. "I kind of wanted four by now," he said after yesterday's practice at Frank Clair Stadium. "But I've got two. Two is good."

VERY VIBRANT: Rogers Television 22 aired its first segment of Renegades Vibe last night. An added feature this season, to which Paopao agreed, will be showing the coach's post-game speech in the locker room following home games. The segments will be taped and subject to editing.

GRID GAB: WR Jason Armstead missed yesterday's practice to return home to Mississippi due to a death in his family. He will return to Ottawa today ... DB Leonard Myers, a no-show at training camp, has arrived in Ottawa. The 26-year-old native of Fort Lauderdale spent the last four seasons in the NFL, the first two with New England and the most recent in Detroit ... Back at the left defensive edge spot against the Lions will be second-year project Kai Ellis, who missed the game against Montreal to injury ... S Syniker Taylor, who reported to training camp out of shape, practised yesterday ... WR and Ottawa native David Azzi continues to mend from a left knee injury hurt during training camp. He'll miss the game in Vancouver but hopes to be ready for Ottawa's return home against Calgary on July 16 ... The Renegades are so pleased about last Friday's win that the final score from the game had yet to be removed from the auxiliary scoreboard high in the north grandstand during yesterday's practice ... And it was nice that the city -- just yesterday -- started cleaning the garbage from Friday's home opener. The raccoons must have had a field day at night with all that litter for three nights.


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