Renegades shuffling the deck

CHRIS STEVENSON --

, Last Updated: 8:37 AM ET

In the wake of their second straight loss, faces are coming and going in the Renegades' camp as preparations continue for the undefeated B.C. Lions on Thursday night.

Receiver Frank Cutolo and third-string quarterback Paul Peterson were released yesterday while kicker Matt Kellett, who's missed five games with a groin injury, said he could be ready to go.

Cutolo, picked up on waivers from B.C. prior to the season, had 21 catches for 222 yards and one touchdown in his time with Ottawa.

"We needed more consistency there," said Renegades coach/GM Joe Paopao. "We're going to look at some different options."

Those options are Robert Quiroga and Larry Hamilton, both off-season free-agent signings. Quiroga has been on the practice roster, while Hamilton was released in training camp.

It's likely one of those two will suit up against the Lions on Thursday at Frank Clair Stadium.

Peterson, 25, was signed as a free agent out of Boston College in May. He was buried behind Kerry Joseph, Darnell Kennedy and Brad Banks, who has recovered from a shoulder injury.

"He wanted more of an opportunity,'' Paopao said of Peterson. ''Kerry, Brad and Darnell are our three guys. For a young kid who wants an opportunity, it's going to be tough."

INJURY PROBLEMS

Kellett, who struggled with eye problems early in the season and missed five of the last six games with a groin injury, said he was almost back to normal.

"It's feeling way better," he said of his groin. "The last time when I tried to come back, I was still feeling pain. It's nice to be relatively healthy."

With punter Pat Fleming out with a broken thumb, Kellett also did some punting at yesterday's practice, which opens up the possibility of him handling all three phases of the kicking game Thursday.

The Renegades have had punter Hank Ilesic in camp, and Mark Irvin handled all the kicking chores during Friday night's 41-18 loss to the Montreal Alouettes.

"(Kellett) could be a probability," said Paopao. "We'll see how it feels (today).

''He kicked pretty heavy (yesterday). He wanted to give it a go and I said, 'That's fine, let's see where you're at.' "

Kellett said he kicked field goals from about 42 yards at yesterday's practice.

"We don't want to overwork him and tire his leg out," said Paopao. "We've just go to be smart there. We'll see where that takes us."

NOTES: Receiver Pat Woodcock missed practice with a groin injury he picked up Friday against the Alouettes. Paopao said he's questionable for Thursday's game ... Receiver Jason Armstead said he'll be okay after getting his bell rung Friday night, Paopao reported ... Offensive lineman Val St-Germain missed practice after his wife, Heidi, gave birth to a daughter Saturday.

chris.stevenson@ott.sunpub.com


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