Coach Jason Garrett said Austin would receive a second opinion on his strained right groin in the next day or two and noted that injured reserve could be a realistic possibility for the wideout, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports. Per Kate Hairopoulos of The Dallas Morning News, team owner Jerry Jones said Austin's injury is similar to the one that sidelined former Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne for nine games back in 2016. If Austin is informed after his second opinion that the injury will likely sideline him for a comparable length of time to Claiborne, Dallas would presumably shift him to IR, a transaction that would keep him on the shelf for at least eight weeks. While Dallas awaits further word on the extent of Austin's setback, it doesn't sound like he'll be available to practice and looks like a good bet to miss at least Sunday's game in Washington. Rookie third-round pick Michael Gallup, who played a career-high 59 offensive snaps in the Week 6 win over the Jaguars, would be the main beneficiary if Austin misses time.
Coach Jason Garrett isn't optimistic Austin (groin) will play Week 7 against the Redskins, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports. Austin's absence would open the door for rookie Michael Gallup to work in the No. 3 wideout role and either Cole Beasley or Jourdan Lewis to slot in as a returner. Austin has been used sparingly this season, catching just seven of 10 targets for 130 yards and two scores through six games.
Austin sustained a strained right groin during Sunday's 40-7 win versus the Jaguars, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports. With three touches Sunday, Austin now has 13 on the season for 185 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns. The Cowboys commence Week 7 prep Wednesday, at which point the team will be required to file an injury report. Until then, his status for next Sunday's contest at Washington will be up in the air.
Austin has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Jaguars due to a groin injury, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports. Prior to his departure, Austin made his usual minor impact on offense, taking two carries for 14 yards and hauling in his only target for five yards. He also returned one punt for three yards. Along with fellow wide receiver Brice Butler (groin), Austin will head into the upcoming week with an injury of unknown severity.
Austin caught one of three targets for a 44-yard gain during Sunday's 19-16 loss to Houston. Dak Prescott was facing a swarm of Houston defenders midway through the fourth quarter, escaped to his left and lofted a bomb down the field for a 44-yard gain, setting up a game-tying field goal. Austin is averaging a whopping 16.6 yards per touch this season but only has 10 touches in silver and blue -- never more than four in a game this season. Austin is a dynamic playmaker but is not a reliable option until he earns consistent touches. It's hard to see him getting going against Jacksonville's top-five pass defense Sunday.
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