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Miles Austin isn’t concerned about continued hamstring problems

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After hamstring problems cost Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin a healthy chunk of the 2011 season, the news that he’s again dealing with hamstring issues struck many people as cause for concern about another yearlong battle with the same kind of injuries.

Austin is not one of those people. Austin told the team’s website that he isn’t concerned about the injuries lingering well into the season because he spent this offseason working harder than he did in the offseason leading up to last year.

“It’s up to whoever to be concerned,” Austin said. “Anybody who wants to be concerned can be concerned. I can’t focus on who’s concerned or who’s not concerned. I need to focus on getting back.”

Whether or not you’re concerned, the recent history has to factor into how the Cowboys and Austin will handle his return to action. When Austin injured his hamstring during camp last year, the team held him out of preseason games and Austin played well in the first two weeks of the regular season. He re-injured the same hamstring in that second game and then returned for a couple of games before injuring his other hamstring.

It would be surprising to see a lot of Austin in the preseason, although last year’s experience makes it clear that resting him doesn’t guarantee anything. Should history continue to repeat itself, it’s a safe bet that even Austin will join the ranks of the concerned.

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11 Responses to “Miles Austin isn’t concerned about continued hamstring problems”
  1. Grulks says: Aug 9, 2012 10:58 AM

    Whenever you say you aren’t concerned, its pretty much a given you’re concerned. I hope that he doesn’t end up having Stlalworth like hamstrings; regardless of whether you like Dallas or not, Austin is exciting to watch because he is talented, but not diva/douchey like a lot of WR’s.

  2. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Aug 9, 2012 10:59 AM

    Those hammies don’t linger, do they?

  3. comatrip1 says: Aug 9, 2012 11:03 AM

    Dude. Stretch. Not that hard.

  4. mbellio says: Aug 9, 2012 11:27 AM

    He got his money a few years ago he doesn’t care bum..

  5. thingamajig says: Aug 9, 2012 11:34 AM

    Miles isn’t concerned but Jerrah is.

  6. denverbronconj says: Aug 9, 2012 12:00 PM

    First he says that his hamstring problems arose from his lack of keeping in football shape during the off season last year…what’s his excuse this time?

  7. clu1perceiver says: Aug 9, 2012 12:25 PM

    Sounds like he doesn’t know his body very well or the Dallas training staff is deficient.

  8. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 9, 2012 2:04 PM

    Working harder in the offseason may actually make the ham worse. There is something about his method of stretching or weight lifting that is causing them to reoccur and yes, he should be concerned.

  9. philgrek says: Aug 9, 2012 3:42 PM

    I’m not seeing my posted comment from earlier, but…

    “Whenever you say you aren’t concerned, its pretty much a given you’re concerned.”

    How does that work exactly? If he says he’s not concerned, it means he’s certainly concerned. What if he had said he WAS concerned. Would that mean he is concerned also? What does he have to say to get it across to you that he’s, in fact, not concerned?

  10. marylandcowboy says: Aug 9, 2012 6:29 PM

    I am concerned! If Austin has another year like last year and Dez gets hurt returning kickoffs that makes Olgetree our number 1 receiver. That would make for a very long season.

  11. champaigncowboysfan says: Aug 10, 2012 10:19 AM

    miles is the last guy that would take the money and not care. obviously you are an idiot for saying something is just plain ignorant

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