Austin is projected to be the Cowboys' top punt returner, Bob Sturm of The Athletic reports.
Despite the name recognition that can be attributed to Austin being drafted No. 8 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft, the 29-year-old is off the fantasy radar, following a 2018 campaign in which he caught just eight passes (on 13 targets) in seven games. In addition to his return role, Austin gives the Cowboys an experienced depth option behind top wideouts Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, as well as slot man Randall Cobb.
Austin (undisclosed) participated in Monday's practice, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.
Austin sat out Sunday due to an unspecified injury, but he was back for the Cowboys' first practice in full pads. However, it's unknown if he's been cleared for team drills just yet.
Austin (undisclosed) participated in individual drills during mandatory minicamp Tuesday, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.
It's still unclear what has been ailing Austin this offseason, but the wideout taking part in individual drills is a good step in the right direction after being sidelined for all of OTAs. Look for Austin to continue to be eased back into action this week before the team takes the next month off.
Austin (undisclosed) hasn't practiced this week and won't be participating in OTAs, Nick Eatman of DallasCowboys.com reports.
Head coach Jason Garrett listed Austin among a group of players who wouldn't be rushed back into action as they recover from various medical issues. The speedy wide receiver could still be recuperating from the groin issues that derailed his 2018 campaign, limiting him to eight catches in seven games, although Garrett didn't specify the nature of his injury. Austin could also face a challenge for his gadget player/return man role from fourth-round pick Tony Pollard, so he'll need to stay healthy once he's back on the field if he wants to stay in Dallas.
The Cowboys have re-signed Austin, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.
The No. 8 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft hasn't seen many passes thrown his way over the last couple of seasons, but the versatile offensive weapon's profile in the Dallas attack could expand some in 2019, with slot man Cole Beasley having signed with Buffalo. The 5-foot-8, 179-pounder spent most of last season dealing with a groin injury, logging just 14 touches in seven games in his first season with the Cowboys. However, if he can stay healthy, Austin -- who turns 29 on Friday -- could establish a degree of fantasy utility in deeper formats.
Austin played in only seven games in 2018, catching eight passes on 13 targets for 140 yards and two touchdowns while adding 55 yards on six carries on the ground.
Brought over from the Rams in a draft-day trade, Austin had a quick start to his Cowboys tenure. He scored TDs in Weeks 2 and 3, but injuries and ineffectiveness soon ended any thought of the speedy receiver becoming a consistent threat, and his biggest impact after that came as a punt returner in the wild-card game win over the Seahawks. The 2013 first-round pick now heads into free agency with a very spotty resume, and while a return to Dallas is possible, he's not likely to be in very high demand.
Austin (groin) does not carry an injury designation for Saturday's divisional-round playoff game against the Rams, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.
Austing was a full participant in Thursday's practice after having been limited to begin the week. The 27-year-old is managing a groin issue that sidelined him for more than the first half of the regular season, and is on track to play through the injury versus the Rams on Saturday. Austin could see a slight uptick in snaps with Allen Hurns (ankle) now on injured reserve.
Austin (groin) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice.
It's the second limited practice in as many days for Austin, who is still receiving maintenance for the groin injury that sidelined him for more than half of the regular season. The 27-year-old was able to play in both of Dallas' last two games and isn't believed to have suffered a setback coming out of last weekend's wild-card win over Seattle, so the expectation is that he'll be ready to go for Saturday's divisional-round matchup with the Rams. With Allen Hurns (ankle) moving to injured reserve earlier this week, Austin could see a slight uptick in snaps if he suits up.
Austin (groin) was limited during Tuesday's practice session, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Austin played through his groin injury in Saturday's wild-card win over the Seahawks, but he saw just nine snaps. His limited participation Tuesday bodes well for his ability to play in the divisional round against the Rams, though he may see limited snaps once again.
Austin (groin) is expected to be a limited participant in Tuesday's practice, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.
The fact that Austin is on the field in any capacity for the Cowboys' first practice of the week suggests there isn't much concern about the health of his right groin. Sidelined for nine consecutive games, Austin returned to action in Week 17 against the Giants and filled his usual role as a gadget player and return man for the Cowboys in the team's wild-card victory over the Seahawks this past weekend. With no indication that he suffered any setbacks with the groin coming out of either contest, Austin should be ready to go by the time Saturday's divisional-round matchup with the Rams arrives.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday on his weekly radio appearance on 105.3 The Fan Dallas that he's "very positive" about Austin's (groin) chances of playing Saturday's divisional-round matchup with the Rams, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Austin was sidelined for 10 weeks with a strained groin before returning to action in the Cowboys' regular-season finale Dec. 30 against the Giants. He was active again for the team's wild-card win over the Seahawks this past weekend, playing nine offensive snaps and finishing with two touches for four yards. It wasn't reported that Austin suffered any setbacks with his groin during the contest, but even if he did, Jones' comments imply that it won't impact the wideout's status for a revenge game against the team that drafted him in 2013.
Austin (groin) is active for Saturday's wild-card game against the Seahawks, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.
For the second week in a row, Austin will be available, despite a lingering groin injury. In Week 17, he earned 10 snaps on offense and two on special teams, which resulted in a measly one catch (on three targets) for 10 yards. Working behind a healthy Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and Cole Beasley, it's difficult to expect much production from Austin.
Austin (groin) has been deemed questionable for Saturday's wild-card game against the Seahawks, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports.
While Austin returned to the field Week 17 for the first time since Week 6 against the Jaguars, he's been held to limited participation in all three practice sessions this week. Even if he does suit up Saturday, Austin's primary contributions likely will come as a returner on special teams.
Austin was a limited participant during Tuesday's practice.
Austin dealt with this injury ahead of Week 17's game against the Giants but ultimately suited up. The Cowboys are likely exercising caution, and his practice status Thursday will be more telling of his availability for Saturday's playoff game versus the Seahawks.
Austin (groin) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Giants, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Austin was a full participant at practice all week, clearing the way for his return from a nine-game absence. The Cowboys are already locked into the No. 4 seed in the NFC, so he could see more work than usual if the team opts to take it easy with more prominent receivers like Amari Cooper, Cole Beasley and Michael Gallup.
Austin (groin) was a full practice participant Wednesday, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.
The full participation suggests Austin should be back for Week 17 at the Giants, though he probably won't be pushed too hard in a game without any implications for playoff seeding. On the other hand, he could get a decent amount of work if the Cowboys decide to rest more important players like Amari Cooper, Cole Beasley and Michael Gallup at some point during the contest. Of course, that scenario likely would leave Austin catching passes from backup quarterback Cooper Rush rather than Dak Prescott.
Austin (groin) has a chance to return Sunday at the Giants, Calvin Watkins of The Athletic reports.
Absent since Week 6 due to a strained right groin, Austin has increased his workload in recent weeks, maintaining limited listings on the Cowboys' last five injury reports. With the Cowboys waiving wide receiver Lance Lenoir in order to activate cornerback C.J. Goodwin (forearm) from IR, the team seems to be preparing for life with Austin again. How Austin fares in practice in the coming days will go a long way toward his availability Week 17.
Austin (groin) is inactive for Sunday's Week 16 tilt against the Buccaneers.
Austin will thus fail to suit up for his eighth consecutive game. Not yet having returned to full practice participation, Austin presently seems like a very iffy proposition at best for the Week 17 finale against the Giants as well.
Austin (groin) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Austin was a limited participant in Friday's practice and has yet to advance to full activity since suffering the right groin strain Oct. 14. With that in mind, he's no safe bet to gain clearance for the Week 16 matchup, and will likely hold only a limited role in the offensive game plan if he does dress for the contest.
Austin (groin) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.
Since returning to on-field work last week, Austin has logged five consecutive limited practices. Because he hasn't played since Week 6, Austin may need to put in a full session Friday to have a good shot at ending his eight-game absence Sunday against the Buccaneers.
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