Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin hasn’t caught a pass since injuring his hamstring injury in Week 3 against the St. Louis Rams, as he was wildly ineffective upon his return after missing a couple of weeks due to the injury itself. He played so poorly that the Cowboys wisely decided to shut Austin down. Austin has had many issues with hamstring injuries during his career, and this latest one clearly hobbled him. Both Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley emerged as legitimate threats in his absence, but things have cooled off for the Cowboys. Even though Austin is viewed less favorably by the fan base than ever before, it’s clear that the Cowboys could use his return in the passing game to help instill some more firepower into a passing offense that needs it (moreso to counter the play of their defense).
Austin finally returned to the practice field last week during their first day of practice after the bye week, and Cowboys beat writer Clarence Hill reports that Austin is practicing today to start this week’s practice sessions.
The Cowboys have a huge division tilt this week against the New York Giants, and they will need all hands on deck for this crucial game against a Giants team that is on a four-game winning streak. Meanwhile, the Week 10 embarrassment at the hands of the New Orleans Saints is still fresh in the Cowboys minds, so a practice session from Miles Austin today should lock him in for this week’s game against the Giants. Austin was always expected to play, but now he should be fully expected to play. A loss this week could severely curtail the Cowboys chances of getting to the playoffs, so bringing back their probable No. 2 receiver will help them against a Giants secondary that the Cowboys passing attack needs to dominate (they can beat them, but they need to do more than just “beat” the Giants through the air).