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One of the Falcons running backs is getting healthier.

Falcons rookie tailback Jerious Norwood, nursing a strained right knee, returned to practice Thursday, easing some concerns about the lack of depth at the position heading into Saturday night's game against visiting Dallas. However, starter Warrick Dunn did not practice after straining his calf in Sunday's victory over Tampa Bay -- five plays before Norwood was hurt.

Both were listed as questionable on the injury report and will be game-time decisions, coach Jim Mora said.

They're still evaluating Norwood and Dunn, we might not know until game time. Meanwhile, CB DeAngelo Hall is hurting, but he's playing.

Cornerback DeAngelo Hall's left knee kept him out of practice for a second day in a row, but the former Pro Bowl player said he will play, especially with a shot to face Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens for the second season in a row.

"They're going to have to put a gun to my head to keep me out of there," Hall said. "Prime-time games, I live for that. I live for the opportunity to play in front of the world and prove how good I am, prove I'm the best. One leg or no legs, I'm going to be out there."

Poor Skyler Green, he got cut again; but don't cry for Skyler, he might be back on the practice squad soon.

The Cowboys signed Andy Thorn from the practice squad to the active roster. With [Oliver] Hoyte questionable to play, Thorn could give the Cowboys another blocker for Saturday's game. He becomes the third tight end now on the roster behind Jason Witten and Anthony Fasano. [Skyler] Green, a fourth-round pick from LSU, has been released three times since September. If he clears waivers again, he'll likely return to the practice squad, possibly filling Thorn's spot.

Mike Vick might struggle throwing the ball, but his rushing numbers are just sick.

He's the NFL's 15th-leading rusher with 934 yards (8.6-yard average). For perspective, Falcons starting tailback Warrick Dunn has 997 yards, and Cowboys starter Julius Jones has 993 yards after 13 games.

Vick is tied for first in the league with 39 runs of at least 10 yards, and he ranks second - ahead of San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson and Pittsburgh's Willie Parker - with 11 runs of at least 20 yards.

It's been a while since we gave Romo some love, so here's an article for the Romosexual in you.

[Sean] Payton, then a Cowboys assistant, wrote glowingly about Romo's quick release and his mobility, and concluded that "if you draft him, he'll be ready to play in one to two years." After Romo went undrafted, Payton, who, like Romo, played at Eastern Illinois, convinced Romo to sign a free-agent contract with the Cowboys, even though he had better offers elsewhere.

"I think there are some things you look for at the position," said Payton, who spent three seasons under Bill Parcells before leaving for New Orleans. "I think the thing that everyone took note of is he had some of those characteristics. ...You saw a quick release, and you saw someone who could locate the ball in tight traffic. Those are the things for me initially that were appealing and felt like gave him a chance. Now, how that is going to play out in a guy's career, you don't know. But it's important to him and he works hard at it."