Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin (19) along the sidelines prior to playing the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 17-3. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Miles Austin Injury: Dallas Cowboys WR finally back at practice

In an interesting turn of events, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin is finally back at practice, even though the Cowboys are on a bye week. Austin hasn’t played since Week 7, and he hasn’t even caught a pass since first injuring his hamstring in Week 3. The Cowboys tried to bring him back after he initially missed two games, but they decided to “shut him down” after it became evident that Austin was struggling mightily through the injury. He’s had a bad history with hamstring ailments, and this injury has been just the latest chapter in a myriad of hamstring issues for Austin.

ESPN Dallas’s Todd Archer reports that Miles Austin is practicing in uniform today and is also running routes with the first-team offense. It’s great news for Cowboys fans in light of rookie Terrance Williams’s recent struggles, which could just be a rookie regression back to the “mean”. It was unrealistic to expect the speedster to maintain his torrid pace, which bodes well for Austin’s future, as it seemed like he was Wally Pipp’d in a major way when Williams first started to get going.

The fact that Austin is getting in actual practice work to start the bye week is definitely good news, but it still doesn’t mean that Austin will play in next week’s division game against the New York Giants. I think he will, and he seems on track to do that. Keep a close eye on his practice statuses, and it will be especially interesting to see what his role in the Cowboys offense will be upon his return. Will he reassume No. 2 WR duties, or will the Cowboys stick him as a later option (at least initially)?

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  • ctcowboy1968

    No WR is going to take double coverage off of Dez unless they catch the ball. As important as Mile’s health is, it’s just as important that he catch the ball. That is something that he has done less and less. His drops keep mounting.
    Something has to change with the NFL product in order to provide improved quality results. One, they need to raise the players on the team limit.

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      Austin is an interesting case as far as on-field performance goes, and I think his position on the inactive list is precautionary on the Cowboys front. But it’s about time he’s come back, because the hamstring issue couldn’t have been that bad. Shutting down Austin was both wise and prudent, but now that Williams is cooling off it would be worthless to keep him hanging out on the inactive list. I love Williams, because his speed and playmaking ability bring a much-needed dimension to the offense. But if the Cowboys want to beat great times, then they will need to have either a top No. 2 WR or two solid 2 and 3 wideouts in order to get things going. Having Austin back provides more firepower to an offense that could use it, because this offense frankly has to be elite in order for them to make up for flaws on defense. Austin isn’t great, but he’s a quality No. 2 receiver in this league, so it’s huge to have him back. Hopefully, he’s actually effective again and can alleviate the pressure off of Bryant’s shoulders.

      As far as roster limits go, I think 53 is fine. What I don’t think is fine, though, are the necessary gameday inactives. To me, that just puts further strain in a league where player safety is mandatory. Why do I bring up player safety? Let’s say a WR on a team thin at WR gets a minor injury that should take him out of the game, but this team was forced to name a wideout as inactive and already suffered an injury to another receiver in the game. They will be more inclined to force the currently injured receiver to play through his injury, instead of allowing him to safely exit and be evaluated further.

  • Moodster22

    I’m a Cowboy fan and I say who cares? He’ll blow out his hammy again while he’s coming outta the tunnel. The Cowboy’s are as soft as wet tissue paper. I’m so bummed out these day’s.

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