The extended lockout last year impacted the way many players prepared for the start of the season.
One of those players was Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin. He told MensHealth.com that he would be preparing differently this offseason after finding that he wasn’t ready to answer the bell last season.
“I feel like last year I wasn’t prepared for the season the way I should’ve been condition-wise, even though I looked and felt it at the time,” Austin said. “That’s one thing that I have to keep an eye on. To make sure I’m in the best physical shape I can be.”
Austin injured his hamstring during training camp, the kind of injury that can come from being less than prepared for the start of serious physical activity. He reinjured the hamstring in Week Two and missed the next two games. Austin then suffered another hamstring injury later in the season and missed four more games.
Austin has said several times that the injuries are no longer bothering him, but making sure he’s fully ready to go physically will be the best way to avoid any future troubles in the same spot. The return of offseason programs should mean a lot less unprepared players when training camp rolls around this year.