Linebacker Monte Coleman, whose sore shoulder kept him from playing last week against Philadelphia, has resumed practicing and will play against Dallas in passing situations.

"I feel a lot better than I did a week ago," he said. "It's still not 100 percent, but I think I can help this week."

Mel Kaufman is expected to start in place of Coleman, as he has done the past two games.

Cowboys defensive tackle John Dutton, sidelined by a bruised chest, is scheduled to start. But guard Herb Scott, also healthy, apparently will remain a second-stringer . . .

Coach Joe Gibbs said he has been very pleased with practices this week. "They've gotten down to business and concentrated very well," he said. "The players seem to be handling the buildup about the game very well" . . . Mike Nelms needs 67 yards to break Eddie Brown's club record of 1,150 yards for punt returns . . . Receiver Art Monk has caught passes in 22 straight games . . . Mark Moseley's next field goal will be his 200th in the NFL. Only nine other players have reached that total . . . Halfback Clarence Williams, deactivated when Joe Washington came off the injured reserve list, will undergo knee surgery to repair cartilage damage.