Argonauts release Sean Millington

Sean Millington's CFL comeback has come to a halt before it began.

Sean Millington's second CFL comeback has come to a halt before it began.

Millington, 39, was released Thursday by the Toronto Argonauts, who lured him out of retirement for a second time last week.

Millington originally retired five years ago to become a television analyst with the CFL on CBC, but he returned to the field with Toronto on Aug. 22, 2005.

The Vancouver native looked comfortable at fullback, rushing 24 times for 128 yards and two touchdowns in seven games for the Argonauts.

But the comeback was derailed by a ruptured right Achilles tendon sustained in the second quarter of a 49-23 victory over the Montreal Alouettes on Oct. 24, 2005.

This time around, Millington expected to contribute primarily on special teams, with "the odd play here or there on offence,"
he told

Millington is a three-time all-star and two-time winner of the CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian Award, rushing for 6,086 yards and 75 touchdowns with the Edmonton Eskimos, British Columbia Lions, Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Argonauts.

He was selected the top Canadian in the 2000 Grey Cup, won 28-26 by the Lions over the Alouettes.

With files from the Canadian Press