Lately it seems that Miles Austin and hamstring injuries go together like burgers and fries, doesn’t it? So far this off-season, Austin has been a disappointment and will miss the rest of the preseason.
On Saturday, Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones was asked about his star receiver returning to the lineup. Jones didn’t sound very optimistic and said:
“He’s not one of the ones I’m thinking will be back. I wouldn’t dis-count it, but he’s not one of the ones that I have coming back.”
Austin has been dealing with chronic hamstring problems dating back to last season. It was those hamstring problems that kept him out during the 2011 preseason and continued to plague him during the regular season. At that time, Austin attributed the hamstring injuries to the lockout and not being in football shape.
At the start of this year’s training camp, Austin said he felt great and was ready to return to the form of his 2009 breakout year, but then the hamstring injuries struck again. Austin’s injuries, however, have led to the emergence of Dez Bryant, Kevin Ogletree and rookie receiver Cole Beasley.
There’s no denying it; Austin is the most experienced receiver on the team and needs to be on the field. He brings an understanding of the game and a level of trust from quarterback Tony Romo that the other receivers don’t have yet. Plain and simple, the Cowboys need Austin to get healthy and stay healthy.
Should Austin not get healthy and return to form, I can’t imagine Jones continuing to pay a receiver that isn’t making catches. I truly believe that if Austin turns in another mediocre performance, like he did last season, his days as a Cowboys wide receiver are numbered.
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