Nate Livings has no hard feelings for the Bengals

IRVING, Texas -- Cowboys starting left guard Nate Livings said he participated fully in Friday's practice after missing Thursday's session with a sore knee.

Livings also said his body just needed a rest after the rigors of playing in the NFL. But Livings has a little incentive to play this Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, a team he spent six seasons with.

This past spring, Livings said he expected to re-sign with the Bengals and was even on the phone with offensive line coach Paul Alexander for nearly an hour as his agent talked to both sides about a deal.

"It wasn't right, but it wasn't wrong either," Livings said of the contract offered by the Bengals. Livings signed a five-year $18.7 million deal with the Cowboys and hasn't missed a game in 2012 and might be the most consistent performer along the offensive line.

In some ways, Livings might want to prove a point to the Bengals they made a mistake in not signing him again.

"I got tons of buddies over there," Livings said. "In the offseason, we even workout together."

Sometimes the business of the NFL gets in the way so Livings decided to come to Dallas and be closer to home. He went to high school in Lake Charles, La., and played college ball at LSU.

"It's the next game up," Livings said. "It's nothing personal to nobody. I was there six years and put it behind me when I came to Dallas."

Later he said, "I expected to return, but I have a good relationship with the coaches over there. I moved on. I'm happy as heck to be here now."