Miles Austin’s pesky hamstring problems came up again last week, forcing the Cowboys to go on without him in their win against the Rams. Austin left the game early in the 3rd quarter after bringing in two passes for 22 yards. This kind of injury is no stranger to the 8-year veteran, who missed 6 games in 2011 and was limited in a number of games last year.
However, the Cowboys have assured the media that they do not think the hamstring issue is serious. Head coach Jason Garrett said Austin could have returned to the game Sunday if he was needed. Nevertheless, the Cowboys are being careful with their #2 receiver. Austin did not practice today.
Despite this minor setback, it doesn’t seem like fantasy owners need to give up on Austin quite yet. Austin did miss practice today, but that seems to be a “better safe than sorry” type of move by the Cowboys’ coaching staff.
This caution is undoubtedly related to Austin’s history with hamstring problems, but fantasy owners should still remain relatively confident in him. Austin suffered from some lingering discomfort throughout the 2012 season, but still ended up with 66 catches for 943 yards and 6 touchdowns.
All in all, we’re still unsure about Austin for next week, but his coach’s confidence, and his ability to battle through these familiar issues, make it seem like he will be able to bounce back. The Cowboys play the Chargers next week in San Diego. If Austin is unable to go, rookie Terrance Williams will fill in at the #2 spot.