CINCINNATI (AP) _ Ki-Jana Carter, who thought his season might be finished because of an injured left shoulder, plans to start Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Cincinnati Bengals coach Bruce Coslet said that both Carter and rookie Corey Dillon would play at Jacksonville. Coslet said he expects that Carter will open the game if things go well in practice.

Coslet didn't divulge how he would split the playing time. Carter and Dillon have shared the workload in practice this week.

Carter was not activated for the loss to the New York Jets.

Dillon, who gained 48 yards on nine carries against the Jets in his first NFL start, should complement the speedier Carter.

``I don't know what the rotation is,'' Coslet said. ``There will be no set rotation, but they will both play. Good for the Bengals.''

Carter said he is feeling better after returning to practice and taking hits again.

``I wasn't nervous,'' Carter said. ``I knew I was going to get a shot (blows to the shoulder) ... But you can't go out there tentatively. If I'm tentative, I shouldn't be playing or practicing.''

Doctors found a torn rotator cuff in Carter's left shoulder last week, prompting speculation about season-ending surgery. But after consulting orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, Carter returned to practice.

Coslet said he sees no reason to restrict Carter, who gained 104 yards against Denver two days before his injury was diagnosed.

``He's no worse than he was at times during training camp,'' Coslet said of Carter, whose shoulder soreness began in preseason.

``I might be stubborn, because I want to play,'' said Carter, who will wear an elastic shoulder brace. ``I think when I sit out, I'm letting the team down.''

Coslet said Dillon deserves playing time after gaining 106 yards on 14 carries in Cincinnati's previous two games.

Dillon said he isn't concerned about losing the starting status he briefly enjoyed against the Jets.

``Am I supposed to be worried about that? I don't think so,'' Dillon said. ``I'm still going to get mine, so I don't worry about it.''