When Dallas Cowboys No. 2 wide receiver Miles Austin left Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams with a hamstring injury, some of us were naturally worried since Austin has a long history of hamstring ailments. The injury appeared to be minor, but the Cowboys let him sit out while playing Dwayne Harris for him. No injury updates were given until now, so we were left expecting the best but also prepared for the worst.
Per a source close to ESPN Dallas’s Todd Archer, the latest hamstring injury that Miles Austin suffered is not “as serious” as the ones Austin has suffered from in the past. That seems vague at first glance, but the rest of the piece basically states that Austin’s hamstring injury isn’t serious overall. In fact, Archer writes that Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett stated that Miles Austin could have played through the injury, but it was definitely wise for the Cowboys to let him rest. Not only was the game well in reach, but it’s best to be cautious with a player who has had a multitude of hamstring issues in his career.
I expect Miles Austin to play in Week 4 against the San Diego Chargers, and he’ll hold a critical role as a possession receiver in that game. It will be interesting to see what Austin’s practice status is throughout the week, and I don’t think this injury is serious enough to cost him a game. So far this season, the 29-year-old has caught 15 passes for 125 yards.