The Packers' top three offensive performers missed practice again yesterday as quarterback Brett Favre, running back Ahman Green and lineman Marco Rivera were on the sideline.

Favre's right hand is swollen after he sprained it Sunday against Dallas. Rivera has a sprained ankle, and Green a sore Achilles' tendon.

"They put some tape on [Favre's hand] today and he was going to try," offensive coordinator Tom Rossley said. "He threw a little bit."

Favre, whose team will play Washington on Sunday, hasn't missed a start in more than 11 years.

Jaguars' Taylor Should Play

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Fred Taylor (strained quadriceps muscle) returned to practice and expects to play at Houston this week. He was listed as questionable for Sunday's game.

Hall Will Start for Falcons

Atlanta Falcons rookie cornerback DeAngelo Hall, the eighth pick in last April's NFL draft, will make his first start Sunday at Denver. He missed the first six games with a hip injury.

Coach Jim Mora announced the decision on Wednesday.

"I can't wait," Hall said. "I'm practicing out there like a madman."

Hall, a former Virginia Tech star, signed a five-year, $25 million contract that includes the largest signing bonus package in franchise history: $13 million guaranteed.

Levens Gets Call for Eagles

With leading rusher Brian Westbrook likely out of Sunday's game against Baltimore with a cracked rib, Dorsey Levens, 34, is expected to make his first start since Dec. 16, 2001, his final season with Green Bay. Levens is fourth on the Packers' career rushing list.