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QB Hill back under center for 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Quarterback Shaun Hill returned to practice for the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday and deemed himself healthy to play Saturday night at Dallas.

Hill left Wednesday's training camp workout after throwing one pass because of a strained lower back that he injured Tuesday, and coach Mike Singletary said he was unsure of Hill's status for the Niners' third exhibition game against the Cowboys.

Hill, named the regular-season starting QB Monday by Singletary over Alex Smith, said his back calmed down "quite a bit" and said it was never a major concern to him.