'Gades not planning overhaul

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:15 AM ET

The Home Show is on down at Lansdowne Park this weekend.

But there won't be any major renovations for the football team that calls Frank Clair Stadium its home.

True, there were some workers on the roof of the Renegades' training facility yesterday. They can't do much about the figurative roof falling in on a team than has lost five games in a row in increasingly futile fashion.

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But both Renegades coach and GM Joe Paopao and vice-president of football operations Forrest Gregg said no major personnel changes are planned in the wake of Thursday night's 45-23 spanking at the hands of the Calgary Stampeders.

"You could bring in a bus-load (of new players) and make a big splash, but would you accomplish anything?" asked Gregg yesterday. "Joe and the coaching staff think they've got some pretty good football players.

"The way I put it to the coaches is this: If you have a need let me know and I'll try my best to fill it. It doesn't happen with a snap of the fingers. It takes time and research to get people in here that could help us."

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The Renegades did work out receiver Gerald Harris yesterday.

Harris, 6-foot-1 and 195 lbs., turned 28 Friday. He was squeezed out in Calgary after they brought in receivers Terrence Wilkins and Kori Dickerson after NFL cuts.

Harris played sporadically with the B.C. Lions (eight games in three years) from 2002-04.

Paopao said he liked what he saw from quarterback Kerry Joseph in Thursday night's game. "He played his butt off. The breakdowns were up front and he had to run for his life. He was among the players who scored the highest (in the coaches' rating system)."

The Renegades were scheduled to practice yesterday in preparation for Wednesday night's meeting with the Argos in Toronto, but Paopao staged meetings instead.

NOTES: Paopao said WR Darryl Ray suffered a hamstring injury Thursday night and will be out two weeks. DB Da'Shann Austin hurt a quadriceps muscle...There's a chance P Pat Fleming could play Wednesday against the Argos in Toronto. The cast is off his broken thumb ... Paopao said there is also a chance DLs Anthony Collier and Johnny Scott could play Wednesday as well ... RB Gilles Lezi and LB Cam Yeow, who both missed the Calgary game with ankle injuries, have been upgraded from doubtful to questionable for Wednesday's game.

chris.stevenson@ott.sunpub.com


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