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AIKMAN IS BACK AS COWBOYS QB

Troy Aikman, who has missed two games after his ninth concussion, will be back in the starting lineup for Dallas against San Francisco.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Wednesday night that, based on a post-practice evaluation of Aikman, the quarterback would indeed start Sunday's game.

"There is no reason at this time to delay him from competing," Jones said. "Our plans had been all along this week to evaluate Troy when he came into to start this week. He is ready to go."

Before practice, Aikman said he had met with team doctors, who told him he was clear to play.

"They say it's a decision I can make. I'm feeling good," Aikman said. "The idea is that I will be playing this week. I feel like I'm capable of doing that, and am looking forward to it."

Randall Cunningham started at Arizona and Washington. Aikman practiced throughout last week but was held out again against the Redskins. The Cowboys won, 27-21, with Cunningham throwing for 185 yards and two touchdowns.

Elsewhere in the NFL:

The league suspended Indianapolis Colts' defensive back Mustafah Muhammad without pay for two games for violating the league's personal conduct policy, the league said. Muhammad was convicted Aug. 30 of one count of domestic battery against his pregnant wife, Nichole, stemming from an incident at the couple's home last October. Muhammad is eligible to return to the Colts on Oct. 2, the day after the Colts play at Buffalo.

Fred Taylor, who set a Jacksonville Jaguars record with 1,223 yards rushing as a rookie, practiced at full speed on Wednesday and is expected to start against the Colts Monday night. Taylor has not played since tearing his medial collateral ligament in his left knee in the second preseason game.

Tennessee Titans receiver Kevin Dyson injured his left knee during practice and is expected miss Sunday's game against Pittsburgh.

Washington waived kicker Brett Conway on Wednesday, two days after he missed the Redskins' game against Dallas because of a leg injury. Michael Husted takes over.

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