Argo comeback no joke

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:06 PM ET

TORONTO -- By getting Sean Millington to change from CBC suits to Double Blue, Argonauts head coach Michael (Pinball) Clemons feels he has discovered a star.

It doesn't matter to Clemons the fullback/running back has sat on the sidelines analysing football for CBC and acting in movies the past two seasons instead of playing. The Argos had a need for a power back and filled it the best they could.

"I don't know if two years away is even significant in that. He may be the best fullback available or may be the best (CFL) fullback period," said Clemons yesterday before running Millington through his first practice since 2002.

The Argos hope the two-time CFL most outstanding Canadian can play tomorrow when they face the Calgary Stampeders at Rogers Centre (5:30 p.m., TSN).

The most expected of Millington is special-teams duty against the Stamps but the move was made clearly to boost the Argos lacklustre running game.

John Avery has rushed only 41 times for 133 yards and a dismal 3.2-yard average this season and Clemons hopes Millington's presence can push him.

In his 13-year career with the B.C. Lions, Edmonton and Winnipeg, Millington rushed for 5,958 yards while catching passes for 3,166 yards. He retired abruptly from the Lions in 2002 after being named West Division most outstanding Canadian for the third time.

He isn't joining the Argos as a joke but only started thinking about a comeback in January.

"I sat down and looked at myself and said I really have something left to offer," Millington said. "I have more to contribute. I wouldn't be coming here if I was just going to run around, collect a paycheque and go home.

"I feel I'm coming back as Sean Millington and not some other version. I think I can get to levels I haven't achieved before and not just rest on past laurels."

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REYNOLDS FEELING FINE: For the second time in three games, Stampeders RB Joffrey Reynolds wobbled off the turf from a neck stinger last Thursday against the Alouettes.

The injury against the Als wasn't as bad as the first time against Winnipeg two games earlier and the CFL's second-leading rusher isn't putting the blame on anyone but himself. But he's not going to change his bruising style because of it.

"Both times I've done it, I've plowed into people and dug my head into them," Reynolds said. "It's my fault for ducking my head. Instead of ducking my head, I probably needed to give them a shove. Ducking my head, that's not the way you play football."

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ROOKIE JITTERY: Replacing an all-star like Demetrious Maxie is a huge task.

So rookie DL Terrence Patrick is feeling the heat after sliding into Maxie's starting spot tomorrow against the Argos.

"I'm always a little nervous before a football game but after that first snap, I'll be OK," said the Brooklyn, N.Y., native. "I'm ready to handle business but I'll be happy to get back home to Calgary and take a breather."


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