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Austin, Jenkins to miss Thanksgiving game

Cowboys wide receiver Austin makes a catch as Seahawks cornerback Sherman defends in Arlington, Texas Reuters

The Cowboys will be without wide receiver Miles Austin and cornerback Mike Jenkins again on Thursday.

Both players are sidelined with hamstring injuries that have kept them out of the lineup for quite some time. It is the third straight week that Austin has been out after he reaggravated an injury suffering his second hamstring injury of the season. The Cowboys offense hasn’t missed him much in the last two games, but it could be a different story against a Dolphins defense that’s been playing very well recently.

Jenkins is out for the fourth straight game, leaving Terence Newman and Orlando Scandrick at cornerback once again. Rob Ryan has expressed some dissatisfaction with his defense and they’d certainly be in better shape if Jenkins was 100 percent in the secondary.

The Cowboys will also be without fullback Tony Fiammetta and that might be the guy they miss the most on Thursday. The Cowboys run game was less effective against the Redskins than it had been in previous weeks, a run that coincided with both DeMarco Murray’s ascension and Fiammetta’s insertion into the lineup. It may be a case of correlation rather than causation, but the team did seem to miss him as a run blocker last week.

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7 Responses to “Austin, Jenkins to miss Thanksgiving game”
  1. howley1 says: Nov 23, 2011 4:21 PM

    Austin’s hammy is not a reaggravation of his left hamstring that he suffered earlier in the season. It’s the right leg.

    I’m afraid that Fiametta’s thing sounds like post-concussion syndrome.

  2. kd727 says: Nov 23, 2011 4:46 PM

    So Mike Jenkins will make the same amount of physical plays as he would any other week.

  3. itsmammoth says: Nov 23, 2011 4:50 PM

    After watching Scandrick get burnt every game last year… I’ll admit he has cleaned his act up a little. Can’t wait for Jenkins to come back though.

  4. manofsteel22 says: Nov 23, 2011 5:13 PM

    Next Ma(e)n up.

  5. beastofeden says: Nov 23, 2011 5:13 PM

    That Big Money contract for Austin a few years back is really paying dividends.

  6. miamidolphins1 says: Nov 23, 2011 5:43 PM

    even if u guys had austin and jenkins, u guys would still lose tomorrow. go fins, lets make it 4 in a row and a miserable thanksgiving for jerry jones

  7. howley1 says: Nov 23, 2011 5:47 PM

    He’s missed a lot of time, but the only NFCE WR that has more TD catches is Dez Bryant.

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