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Deion Sanders will start at cornerback Sunday for the Dallas Cowboys against the Arizona Cardinals, but it remains to be seen whether Sanders can be at his All-Pro best five months after toe surgery and nine months since his last meaningful game.

Sanders hopes Cardinals quarterback Jake Plummer is willing to find.

"I'm laying before the Lord saying, 'Lord, please let Jake throw this ball to me,' because I've got a new holy ghost dance I'm going to give you guys," Sanders said.

Sanders sprained his left big toe early in a Nov. 15 game in Arizona. He missed five games, then returned for a Jan. 2 playoff game against the Cards.

Sanders played in the Pro Bowl but when the pain didn't go away in the offseason he underwent surgery in April.

In other NFL news:

Cincinnati placed running back Ki-Jana Carter on injured reserve three days after he dislocated his right kneecap in a 27-3 loss at Carolina. He will not play again this season. The Bengals also waived fullback Brian Milne. The Bengals promoted running back Michael Basnight from their practice squad and claimed running back Sedrick Shaw off waivers from Cleveland.

Giants Stadium is going to have a permanent grass field starting in 2000. The Giants and Jets decided Wednesday to switch from an artificial surface to an experimental tray grass system after receiving assurances from a grass consultant that the field would hold up with two teams playing on it.

Denver Broncos linebacker Bill Romanowski has been fined $10,000 for a late hit to Tampa Bay quarterback Trent Dilfer. Romanowski also received a $5,000 fine for a hit on Kansas City tight end Tony Gonzalez on Sept. 19.

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