Opening day of Renegades training camp highlighted by medicals, meetings and preparation

May 28, 2005 - Canadian Football League (CFL) - Ottawa Renegades News Release

KEMPTVILLE – The Ottawa Renegades Football Club arrived at Kemptville College for the 2005 training camp Saturday and the prelude to the opening of two-a-day practices was highlighted by medicals, meetings and ongoing preparation to have the team ready for the upcoming season.

Players, many of whom checked in Friday night, had an early morning breakfast before going through medicals and equipment fittings on Saturday. The afternoon included a general meeting with all coaching staff and football administration personnel, while the evening included positional and offence/defence meetings on the day before the team began practicing.

“You don’t know the health of your team until they go through the gauntlet of medicals,” said Joe Paopao, head coach and general manager of the club. “Dr. (Mark) Aubry and staff do a good job and appreciate the honesty of their work. We go through 70 guys in a morning and we want to make sure you know what you are getting.”

Paopao announced the one player did not pass a physical. Newcomer Daniel Jones, a cornerback out of UNLV, had an arm injury (in a cast) and the club found out upon the 23-year-old arriving in Kemptville.

“We sent him home, just like we did Sean Bennett last year – prior to camp he had a scope that took longer to recover than originally expect and he came back to us when he was ready (Bennett played the tail-end of the season and is in camp this year),” said Paopao. “

TRANSACTIONS: Hassan Probherbs has retired… Fabian Burke has signed as a free agent (with B.C. in 2004, prior to that in Edmonton. Grey Cup winner in 2003 with the Eskimos under the tutelage of present Renegades defensive coordinator Greg Marshall)… Jones has been released as a resul! t of failing the physical. The Renegades presently have 66 counting players toward their training camp roster, with an additional five others from the past two Canadian College drafts who do not count toward cutdowns… Leonard Myers was placed on the suspended list

LIMITED ACTION: Physicals also revealed that some players will be in limited action. Crance Clemons, a solid cover corner who was with the team in 2003 before moving on to Indianapolis, will be day-to-day throughout the pre-season… Punter/kicker Matt Kellett, who was acquired by Ottawa in a draft-day trade with Montreal, passed all his physicals and feels fine. Paopao said from an organizational perspective, the non-import veteran will take additional precautionary measures, have eye specialists take another look at him (appears to be Monday). “From the standpoint of a physical, he passed with flying colours,” said Paopao… Cam Yeow, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2005 draft by the Renegades, looked well, the coach indicated. “He will practice, but it will be limited. We’re looking at it as a precautionary from the aspect of medicals. We want to monitor his snaps in terms of contact. He will practice and see how much he can do. These three guys will all be monitored and we want to see what he can do.”

TEAM ADDRESS: Paopao addressed the team with his annual speech, which included the introduction of the coaching staff (and guest coaches), support staff and players introducing themselves.

PRACTICES UNDERWAY SUNDAY -- OPEN FOR FANS: The first of two-a-day practices begin Sunday at Kemptville College! . Players will be on the field for practice at 9 a.m. and again at 3:30 p.m… Most last for about two hours. To check out practice:

KEMPTVILLE COLLEGE

830 Prescott St.

Kemptville, ON

DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From Ottawa take Highway 416 South to Kemptville. Take exit 34 and merge right (west) on Highway 43. Drive approximately 1 km and turn left on County Road 19. Proceed to end. Turn right on Van Buren Street to the end. Turn left at Prescott St. The college will be located approximately 1/2 km on the right.

FIELD LOCATION: The Renegades practice on the fields located at the southwest corner of the campus, south of Parish Hall and the W.B. George Centre. Spectators are welcome to attend. In case of inclement weather, closed practices (closed to the public) will be held inside the gymnasium at the W.B. George Centre.

SCHEDULE FOR SUNDAY, MAY 28 through THURSDAY, JUNE 2 9 a.m. -- 11 a.m.: Practice

3:30 p.m. -- 5:35 p.m.: Practice

(note: media availability for players and coaches after each practice).

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