Wide receiver Dwayne Harris underwent shoulder surgery; however, the Dallas Cowboys don’t expect their special teams standout to be out for a prolonged period of time.
After the 2013 season ended, Harris disclosed that he was playing with a tear in his lower abdomen and a shoulder injury, on top of a hip issue, which troubled him early on in the season. Harris also battled through a series of hamstring issues, which cost him to miss three games.
Yet, despite all the injuries, and missing three games, Harris made an impact on special teams for the Cowboys, finishing the season among the league leaders in kick return average (30.6 yards per return) and punt return average (12.8 yards per return). In 2013, Harris also received Pro Football Focus’ third highest rating (+5.7) in kick returns behind only Cordarrelle Patterson (+14.3) and Quintin Demps (+7.1).
As a receiver, Harris finished the year with nine receptions for 80 yards and two touchdowns despite playing on 149 offensive snaps. He caught 64.3 percent of the passes thrown his way, averaging 8.9 yards per reception and 4.3 yards after the catch.
Earlier in the week reports surfaced that the Cowboys were planning on designating wide receiver Miles Austin as a June 1 cut, which means that in 2014 Harris and Cole Beasley may be in for a bigger role offensively. Austin is scheduled to count $8.2 million against the salary cap, by designating Austin as a June 1 cut, the Cowboys would save roughly $5.5 million in cap space.