Banks, Peterson scrap at practice

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:45 AM ET

Korey Banks explained it as "creative frustration."

Others might have called it "about time" somebody from the Renegades defence flipped out on the offence.

All insisted a fight at practice yesterday had nothing to do with the lopsided time of possession in Ottawa's two losses this season, however.

But it was a reflection of the times, claimed coach Joe Paopao.

"They've been yelled at for two weeks by their coaches, it's warm out there and they're tired of losing," Paopao said when asked about a skirmish between Banks, the team's interceptions leader with two, and third-string quarterback Paul Peterson. "Good for them."

Peterson was rolling to pass and Banks was zoning in on him, apparently blitzing. Expecting to get touched, signalling a sack, Peterson said Banks "popped me in the face.

"I didn't appreciate it, I thought it was a cheapshot, and I threw the ball lightly at him to let him know," said Peterson, the rookie out of Boston College. "That got him mad and he came at me full force.

"I wasn't going to do anything. If he kept punching me I was just going to keep backing up. It was just in the heat of the moment, it's a physical game.

"Maybe he's having a bad day," added Peterson. "But I've got to stick up for myself sometimes, and I'm sure he feels the same way."

Banks insisted he pushed Peterson, not punched him.

He also played down the incident, saying it was something that happens with every team.

EVEN PATRIOTS FIGHT

"You think the New England Patriots don't have that?" said Banks, who later hugged centre George Hudson, one of those to stand up for Peterson.

Banks said the defence needs to remain aggressive, and that if every member doesn't draw at least one personal foul "between the whistles" that something is wrong.

The Renegades took too many penalties last time out. In Friday's 37-29 loss to the Lions, they were flagged 16 times for 132 yards, and yesterday, the defence was similarly "overzealous."

One of the more rambunctious was hard-hitting linebacker Kyries Hebert, who Paopao referred to as "Dr. Death."

"That's okay," said Paopao. "You need an edge."

But not the lack of concentration penalties the Renegades are taking.

"We minimized them in the off-season, but they're starting to creep back up," said Paopao, who promises to deal with repeat offenders behind closed doors.

EXTRA POINTS: The Renegades will start import G Morris Unutoa in place of injured import T Reggie Nelson against Calgary this weekend, when Val St. Germain moves to left tackle. Mike Sutherland practised at guard, but will remain dressed as the backup, sixth lineman ... DL Anthony Collier was named the CFL's defensive lineman of the week for recording a league-record tying five sacks vs. B.C. Apparently, the honour selectors didn't deem Collier's performance worthy of defensive player of the week ... Renegades RB Ka'Ron Coleman has recovered from an ankle injury and is ready to play, but Paopao figures he'll remain on the sidelines at least one more week. Coleman, a former NFL punt returner with game-breaking capabilities, would offer a change of pace to workhorse RB Josh Ranek as well as provide depth as a second-down receiver.


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