Ever since he ended his retirement and joined the Argos, Sean Millington has wanted to increase his role. Now it's going to happen.
With John Avery sidelined at least a week with a tweaked hamstring, Millington moves up to the featured back role.
And it will happen in the biggest game of the season when the Argos travel to Montreal to play the Als on Saturday. It's a game that most likely will determine which team finishes first in the East Division. Both are tied with 9-6 records and have split the two games they've played against one another.
Millington did not play in either of those games, while still in retirement and on hiatus as a football analyst with the CBC, which was in the midst of a lockout. As kind of an irony, Saturday's game is on CBC, which means Millington will be the subject of at least one of the key story lines discussed by his former panel mates.
"I just look (at Saturday's game) as an opportunity for me to go out and show what I can do," Millington said yesterday. "That's what I've been trying to treat this whole season as and every time I get a chance to do something, it's just more chances for me to go out and have some fun.
"Right now John's down so I've got to step up and do what I do."
Millington filled in well for Avery in the second half of the Argos' 35-32 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Sunday. In the seven games he has played with the Argos, Millington has been called on to do increasingly more things, whether it's being the lead blocker, catching passes or running the ball.
"It's never good when a guy goes down, especially somebody the calibre of John Avery," Millington said.
"That's a detriment to our team, at least I perceive it that way. My goal is to come in and hopefully not create a dropoff for us from an experience or contribution standpoint.
"I'm going to come in here and do my work and hopefully at the end of the day it stacks up and we've won the game."
The Argos are the only team in the league that does not have a feature running back who has totalled 100 or more yards in one game. However, three games ago, Avery and Millington collectively surpassed the century mark splitting the workload.
John Williams, who has missed the past five games with a hamstring problem, may be ready to be activated ... Slotback R. Jay Soward, a healthy scratch for three games, likely will take Avery's import spot ... This will be the final regular-season meeting between the two teams. A crowd of some 60,000 is expected at Olympic Stadium ... Argos owners Howard Sokolowski and David Cynamon will be honoured today as the Executives of the Year at the Canadian Sports Media Awards.