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Report: Austin out 2-4 weeks, Dez done on punts?

Posted on: November 7, 2011 12:24 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Dallas rolled over Seattle 23-13 on Sunday, but everything wasn't all roses for the Cowboys, as wide receiver Miles Austin suffered a(nother) hamstring injury. Austin injured his left hamstring in Week 2 and hurt the right one during the third quarter on Sunday.

According to a report from Fox Sports Southwest's Matt Mosely, Austin will miss two to four weeks with the hamstring injury, which sounds about right given Austin's not-quite-optimistic comments on Sunday.

"I don’t know which [injury] is worse," Austin said via our Cowboys Rapid Reporter Nick Eatman. "This one hurts pretty bad, but it’s higher on my leg. Hopefully it’s just a strain and I can get back soon."

Austin's struggled with the injury this year, and has just 28 catches and 403 receiving yards in six games, though he does have four touchdowns. On the heels of two-straight years playing all 16 games and topping 1,000 yards in each season, that has to be considered a disappointment for Dallas and Austin.

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More disappointing will be if Austin misses the high end of the reported timeline; it'll mean Laurent Robinson and Dez Bryant have to step up in a big way.

Which may mean that Bryant stops returning kicks for Dallas -- Jerry Jones expressed concern that Bryant, who's also dealt with injuries this year, expressed concern with Dez returning punts for Dallas while the depth chart was so thinned out.

"I'm still concerned when we had him back there about his injury, especially now that Miles may be, or may not be, out a couple of games," Jones said, via FSS. "I don't know."

Just like the last time Jones spoke up about in-game Cowboys decision-making, Jason Garrett would be wise to heed the words of his boss. Of course, if Austin misses multiple games with the hamstring injury, it probably shouldn't require to make a common-sense point like that anyway.

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Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2011 11:14 am

Report: Austin out 2-4 weeks, Dez done on punts?

There needs to be a possession receiver on the field at all times. Miles Austin is a deep threat and I am not sure what Dez Bryant is yet.  My impression is so far that he is a Michael Irvin wannabe with more physical prowess than Roy Williams but less skill at this point.  I will take Laurent Robinson on the field the whole game along side either Austin or Bryant.  Robinson seems to be the possession receiver we have needed for some time.

Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: November 7, 2011 7:53 pm

Report: Austin out 2-4 weeks, Dez done on punts?

Dez got hurt last year on a Kickoff. Kickoffs are much more dangerous, a lot more big athletic linebacker types coming at ya on kickoffs. On put returns it's just the two db gunners and mostly a lot of slow unathletic lineman coming down, much less dangerous.

Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 7:33 pm

Report: Austin out 2-4 weeks, Dez done on punts?

Oh perfect, this should greatly help me in my fantasy league.  I'm up $!#$  creek with a boat and no WR! 

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: November 7, 2011 6:32 pm

Report: Austin out 2-4 weeks, Dez done on punts?

I like Austin a lot, but they will be fine with Dez and Witten.  The bigger problem is probably Romo lol.

Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: November 7, 2011 6:05 pm

Report: Austin out 2-4 weeks, Dez done on punts?

Cant help but feel bad for this team. they are dealing with so many injuries. they are always just "right there" but cant seem to ever get over that hump.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: November 7, 2011 4:37 pm

Report: Austin out 2-4 weeks, Dez done on punts?

Go_Illini -- You are CRAZY if you think Dallas should sign TO for any reason, especially if Austin is going to be out as little as 2 weeks.  Whether he "knows the system" or not, he clearly wore out his welcome  a couple seasons ago and he is clearly not the same receiver he was then -- there must be a reason why no one went to TO's workout or have had him in for a work out.  Cowboys have Bryant and Robinson, Holley will get more looks while Austin is out, maybe Ogletree as well.  The young guys will have to step up like Austin did a few years back, don't bring in TO to disrupt the locker room and impede their progress.

Since: Mar 2, 2009
Posted on: November 7, 2011 4:01 pm

Report: Austin out 2-4 weeks, Dez done on punts?


Since: Sep 8, 2008
Posted on: November 7, 2011 3:39 pm

Report: Austin out 2-4 weeks, Dez done on punts?

Don't worry, even if the Boys are down to Witten and Murray against the Bills woeful defense, they will still be too much for the Bills to handle. In fact, lets just say Romo will throw the ball ALOT to Dez and Witten and tell the Bills their play calls and the Bills secondary will still get outmuscled and manhandled. Then Murray will just run a lot and Fitz will be under duress from Ware and throw 3 more ill advised passes (INTS) into tight coverage and the Boys win easily. This Bills team stopped making adjustments at the half after the NE game and it is their very formulaic spread offense that is easy to defend against if you have a decent defense. Bills finish 8-8 if we are lucky!

Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: November 7, 2011 3:35 pm

Report: Austin out 2-4 weeks, Dez done on punts?

The Cowboys are fricken idiots having Dez back returning punts given his injury history! Correct me if I'm wrong but didnt he get injured last season returning a kick? You don't put your #1 pick and arguably the most physically gifted WR on your roster (despite the fact he's a head case) back to return kicks whether your roster is thin or not.  Austin has been a band aid this season so you defs can't risk injury to Dez...

Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: November 7, 2011 1:29 pm

Report: Austin out 2-4 weeks, Dez done on punts?

Time to call back up Dwayne Harris from the practice squad to be the kick returner.

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