'Gades set to bring out welcome Matt

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:17 AM ET

Unless Matt Kellett suffers some other kind of freakish injury -- and that, it seems, is never outside the realm of possibility -- he'll be kicking field goals for the Renegades tomorrow against Saskatchewan.

The veteran placekicker was added to the team's roster yesterday after missing the last three games to a groin injury.

Kellett wasn't sure if he'd be ready for tomorrow's game after trying to kick before Monday's practice, but he said he felt better when booting for about than hour prior to yesterday's session.

"It was quite sore, and I almost took a step backward from last week," he said. "It was very frustrating. I tried to limit the kicks (yesterday), and it still wasn't feeling 100% and I'm not going full-go, but it's good enough for me to be on the field."

Kellett injured the groin before the last home game against Edmonton on July 21. Punter Pat Fleming performed the field-goal duties in that contest.

And for the last two road games in Regina and Hamilton, rookie and Orleans resident Mark Irvin has been the kicker.

Kellett said yesterday he'd be comfortable with attempts from 45 yards and closer.

On a positive note for Kellett, his eye problems, which have caused double vision and hampered his performance since training camp, have been absent for the last two weeks.

"They came back, and then a week later, I pulled my groin."

BIG CHANGES: In addition to the switch at kicker and the addition of Johnny Scott for the suspended Ray Jacobs, the Renegades will have five other roster changes for tomorrow's game. Of most significance is the addition of QB Brad Banks for the first time this season. The Heisman Trophy runner-up in 2002 at Iowa injured his right throwing shoulder during training camp. To make room on the roster, the Renegades have offered QB Paul Peterson a spot on the practice squad. The other changes: OL Ibrahim Khan in for OL Jean-Francois Roy, WR Darryl Ray for LB Martin Gagnon, and import LB/DT Kai Ellis for WR Frank Cutolo. Cutolo hurt his left quadricep muscle late during Saturday's win in Hamilton.

GRID BITS: The CFL named QB Kerry Joseph the offensive player of the week for his 20-for-27 passing performance for 340 yards during the win in Hamilton ... Also winning weekly honours were former Renegade and current Stampeder Anthony Malbrough (defensive), Hamilton DL James Cotton (lineman), and Saskatchewan RB/KR Corey Holmes (special teams) ... Renegades DL Jerome Haywood's ejection from the game against Hamilton was the second time in his four-year CFL career that he had been disqualified from a game at Ivor Wynne Stadium. In the 2003 season opener against Hamilton, he traded punches with Ticat OL Pascal Cheron, now a teammate in Ottawa.


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