Although Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Everett McIver returned to practice, he still isn't talking.

McIver suffered a neck wound in a dormitory altercation on July 29, and reportedly received a six-figure payoff from teammate Michael Irvin to remain quiet about how he was injured. McIver had not participated in team drills since the incident.McIver refused to comment Monday, telling reporters, "The questions are over. I try to cooperate with you guys and you won't cooperate with me."

Dallas first-year coach Chan Gailey, who has said only that McIver was hurt during "horseplay" in the dorm, said the team is trying to keep the story from becoming a distraction.

SAINTS: Mike Ditka broke his vow to be calmer and gentler at practice Monday.

The New Orleans coach spent much of the day yelling at his players, before specifically directing his ire at former Carolina linebacker Andre Royal.

Royal, signed as an unrestricted free agent, practiced for the first time since arriving in training camp a day late because of an injured right calf muscle.

"Earn the money we're paying you," Ditka yelled at Royal after a brief, post-practice conversation. "You don't fool anybody, least of all me."

Royal, shouting obscenities and waving his arms, shouted back that he never faked an injury in his life.

"Then get out there and practice," Ditka told him. As Royal continued to curse, Ditka, who said he would fine players for using certain obscene words, told his player not to swear at him.

"You'll be gone anyway," Ditka shouted. "I didn't need you, never did need you. You were never on my list to be here anyway."

"I'm a winner," Royal said. "If you want to win, you need me."

"Yeah, you're a winner," Ditka replied. "Your mouth is a winner."

REDSKINS: Ken Harvey, who strained a hamstring the week before the start of training camp, returned to practice.

Also back in camp were cornerback Darrell Green - who batted two passes away and made an interception - and guard Bob Dahl, both recovered from minor knee ailments.

STEELERS: Offensive guard Will Wolford practiced for the first time after recovering from neck and back problems after a diving accident last month.

CHIEFS: Starting center Tim Grunhard was scheduled for surgery to remove a small bone chip from his elbow today in Kansas City.

The nine-year veteran will miss one week to 10 days and will not play in Saturday's exhibition game against Minnesota.

Third-year reserve center Jeff Smith will replace him.

49ERS: San Francisco fullback Marc Edwards practiced for the first time after being activated from the physically unable to perform list.

Edwards, expected to start in place of free agent loss William Floyd, was sidelined since reporting for the start of camp July 17 with a bulging disk in his lower back. He received a cortisone injection and anti-inflammatory therapy to alleviate the problem.

DOLPHINS: Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Anthony Harris, who started every game last year, sprained his left knee in practice Monday and is expected to be sidelined for up to four weeks.