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    MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 27: Allen Rossum #20 of the San Francisco 49ers runs with the ball against the Minnesota Vikings at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on September 27, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the 49ers 27-24. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

    After signing with Dallas last Wednesday, return man Allen Rossum is right at home with special teams coach Joe DeCamillis, with whom he worked for five years in Atlanta. The language of Dallas, though, is still a work in progress.

    "They're saying words that the last couple of years have been meaning something else totally different to me," Rossum said on Monday. "But it's all football. If they just give me a number then I know what I'm doing.

    "Right now it's just terminology. I've been through a lot of the things that we're doing both on special teams and on defense, it's just trying to get the terminology down now. I mean, it's just trying to feel comfortable with everything I'm doing."

    Part of being comfortable, particularly as a return man who calls JerryWorld home, would be familiarity with the look of the stadium, and the pervasive beast of a scoreboard therein--one would imagine, anyway.

    Rossum said that if he chose, he could take some extra work in Arlington, but he doesn't expect any problems, partly because he played there this preseason as a member of the 49ers.

    "I mean, I caught them in the preseason," Rossum said. "I just try to get as many as I can during pregame. If they want to take me over there before, just to get familiar with it... I don't foresee a problem. I don't think anyone else has had a problem, not that I've known."