Deion Sanders worked out in pads and a helmet Monday for the first time since undergoing toe surgery in April, increasing the chances he'll play for the Dallas Cowboys in Sunday's season opener against the Washington Redskins.
Sanders moved at only half-speed during his one-hour workout and didn't make any hard cuts that would have forced him to push off on his rebuilt left big toe.
He went through individual drills and 7-on-7 work, then called it quits in full-squad action.
"He did work against receivers, so I guess you can call it an official return to practice," coach Chan Gailey said. "I had a feeling of optimism that he'd be back soon, but this gives me even more of that feeling."
After a day off today, Sanders will test himself further Wednesday and Thursday.
The final decision of when Sanders returns is solely up to him and probably won't be made until just before kickoff.
If he doesn't play Sunday against the Washington Redskins, he could return the following week for a Monday night at home against the Atlanta Falcons, one of his former teams.
Cowboys top Forbes list
NEW YORK -- The Dallas Cowboys are worth the most of any NFL team, valued at $663 million, topping Forbes magazine's annual ranking of the 30 clubs.
Last season, the Cowboys had an operating profit of $57 million, based on revenue of $162 million, Forbes reported in its Sept. 20 issue. The Washington Redskins, sold in July to Daniel Snyder for $750 million, were second with a value of $607 million.
Rounding out the top 10 are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($502 million), the Carolina Panthers ($488 million), the New England Patriots ($460 million), the Miami Dolphins ($460 million), the two-time Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos ($427 million), the Jacksonville Jaguars ($419 million), the Baltimore Ravens ($408 million) and the Seattle Seahawks ($399 million).
The Buffalo Bills, valued at $326 million, ranked 19th.
Plummer: 'We need Moore'
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Quarterback Jake Plummer went after the Arizona Cardinals' management Monday for its failure to reach a contract agreement with wide receiver Rob Moore.
"Until someone upstairs realizes how important Rob Moore is to this whole offense and this season, we're going to have to learn to play without him," Plummer said. "Hopefully, they'll realize that he's a game-breaker and a guy we have to have out there."
The two sides reportedly have agreed to an annual salary of $5 million, but Moore wants a four-year deal and the Cardinals want three years.
Around the league
* Quarterback Jim Druckenmiller, a first-round bust in San Francisco, was traded to the Miami Dolphins for a conditional draft choice. The Dolphins released No. 3 quarterback Craig Erickson on Friday.
* Tennessee defensive lineman Josh Evans has been suspended for a month after failing drug tests.
* Cornerback Darryll Lewis, released Sunday by the Titans, has agreed to a two-year deal with the San Diego Chargers.