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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Terence Newman was on the inactive list at Detroit last week for the first time in two seasons with Minnesota.

Newman had a neck injury that didn’t have enough time to heal with only three days between games.

With Dallas due in on Thursday, seeing Newman on the sideline again would sure be a surprise.

The age-defying 38-year-old cornerback was listed as a full participant in practice on Tuesday, and the Vikings could use all hands on deck against the potent offense the league-leading Cowboys (10-1) will bring.

Then there’s that natural pride factor of wanting to perform well against his original team with several close friends still donning the silver helmets with the famous navy blue star. Newman, who still keeps a home in the Dallas area, played for the Cowboys for nine seasons through 2011.

“We shed a lot of blood, sweat and tears together,” said Newman, who was drafted in the first round out of Kansas State in 2003. “I love those guys.”

Barry Church, Sean Lee and Orlando Scandrick are still around on the defense from Newman’s last team with Dallas.

Dan Bailey, Dez Bryant, Doug Free, Tony Romo, Tyron Smith and Jason Witten are familiar faces to him on the other side of the ball, with the same unfulfilled goal.

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