After letting his strained lower back "settle down," Shaun Hill returned to practice Thursday and threw in individual drills while Damon Huard ran most of the plays with the starting offense in team sessions.
Hill said he expects to play in Saturday night's preseason game in Dallas "as far as I know."
"It feels good today," he said. "It was nice to be able to get out there and practice. It wasn't as bad as everyone thought. I knew it wasn't all that serious. It was smarter to let things settle down than to push through at this point in the year."
San Francisco's starters are expected to play the first half against the Cowboys, with some continuing on into the third quarter.