Dallas Cowboys Shut Down Miles Austin
by Allen Kim
Nov 03, 2013 11:01 PM EST
It’s no secret that Dallas Cowboys WR Miles Austin has essentially been shut down until he's fully healed, but Cowboys Executive Vice President Stephen Jones finally confirmed the news via the Dallas Star-Telegram. "We're really wanting to make sure we get him 100 percent back and he's not out there playing at 85-90 percent," Jones said. "Give him the chance to get all the way back rather than push him out." Austin hasn’t played since Week 3 due to a lingering hamstring injury, and it appears that he’ll be out of action for at least the next week or two (if not longer). He has either been limited in practice or has had to sit out entirely over the last couple of weeks, and with the emergence of rookie WR Terrance Williams, the team clearly sees no reason to play Austin at less than 100 percent and risk further aggravating his injury. Austin has been injury prone throughout his eight-year career, and his continued absence from the lineup isn’t the least bit surprising. Hamstring issues have plagued him over the years, and he’s had trouble getting back up to full speed. While some players are able to gut it out and play through injuries, Austin is not one of them. He has a measly 15 receptions for 105 yards and no touchdowns on the year. The Cowboys are favored to win the NFC Least, so they may simply view Austin’s return to the lineup as a luxury at this point. They may just hope to have him back for a late-season push and playoff run.