Help from the booth

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 1:20 PM ET

SEAN MILLINGTON is about to end his retirement from football to join the Argos.

The bruising Canadian fullback/running back, who began his Canadian Football League career with the Edmonton Eskimos in 1991 and ended it with the B.C. Lions after the 2002 season, is expected to sign a contract today with Toronto. He has been working as a CBC analyst the last two years.

"I don't why he retired. I don't know the circumstances," Argos general manager Adam Rita, who coached and managed teams in B.C. on which Millington played, said last night. "We're talking to him and we intend to get (a contract) done, hopefully (by today). Obviously, if he (signs), he'll play Wednesday (against the Calgary Stampeders at the Rogers Centre). He understands the offence. He'll start off (playing) special teams. He'll be a big part of that. He's chomping at the bit. Nothing ventured, nothing gained."

Millington, 37, was voted the most outstanding Canadian in the 2002 Grey Cup, in which he starred with Robert Drummond to give the B.C. Lions a bruising backfield.

Nicknamed Diesel, Drummond proved adept in short-yardage situations, in particularly scoring near the goal line.

In 2001, he had 12 touchdowns.

"Millington is a good football player," Rita added. "He's had some time to heal and he wants to play and we're going to give him the opportunity. He's experienced. He's won the Grey Cup. He's like (quarterback Damon Allen), he's a freak of nature. His leadership and experience will help us. Our goal is to win the Grey Cup, not get there."

THE DEFENCE RESTS

Argos head coach Pinball Clemons praised his defence after the team's 22-18 win over Edmonton on Saturday.

"We love our defence and we love the way we play football," Clemons said afterward. "We've been in every football game (this year) and that's what we've asked of them. We really are proud of the way they play. I really don't understand the criticism of a defence that does what we ask them to do consistently."

The defence has been guilty of giving up too many long drives this season and hasn't been nearly as stingy statistically as last year. But Clemons noted the defence has given up under 20 points in each of the last two games and, collectively, only given up three touchdowns.


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