If Korey Banks ends up being the CFL's interception king at the end of the regular season, he'll need to take the lead playing hurt.
The second-year Renegades defensive back injured his left hand two weeks ago in Toronto and played in pain during last week's win against Hamilton.
"It might be a bruise, or something. It's at about 30% right now, but the last game, it was at about 2%," Banks said after practice yesterday.
After a red-hot start to the season with seven picks in the first seven games, Banks has a lone interception during Ottawa's last six contests.
That slowdown has allowed Montreal's Richard Karikari to take the CFL lead with nine picks, one more than the eight Banks has.
"Right now, I'm interested in winning games, and that's the bottom line," said Banks.
"But as far as individual accolades go, I'm looking for that interception lead."
MISS TWO CHANCES
Banks said he had chances for two interceptions during last week's 43-21 win over the Ticats.
"But my hand was nicked up real bad, so I was dropping them."
Banks says he suffered the injury when he jammed the hand into the turf at Rogers Centre while covering Tony Miles in the end zone.
"I'm putting ice on it and doing most of the things I usually do. Sometimes, there's a sharp pain," he said.
"But at this time of year, there's no excuses. Football is a tough game and I've got to scrap on. But I need my hands for the spot I play."
The Renegades can only hope that Banks gets back on track in the ball-hawk category.
They're 5-2 in games that he records an interception.
Banks also has personal reasons for leading the league in picks because he'll be in contract talks with the Renegades after the season ends.
"I think I'm still going to get my chances," he said.
"If (Karikari) stalls at nine, I'll win. But if he keeps going, we'll see."
BACK FOR A LOOK: DB Daniel Jones has resurfaced with the Renegades after showing up at the team's training camp in May with his left arm in a cast. It turned out that Jones, who played at UNLV, had suffered a gunshot wound at home in Compton, Calif., but arrived for camp physicals wanting to play. At the time, Renegades coach Joe Paopao said, "I don't want to judge the kid. It's too bad. He worked hard. He wanted to play. Maybe down the road."
GRID BITS: The Renegades have a light practice this afternoon at Frank Clair Stadium, but have the weekend off before returning to practice on Monday to prepare for next Friday's game in Hamilton ... LB Kyries Hebert is at home in Louisiana attending the funeral of a cousin. Paopao said Hebert will return to Ottawa this weekend.