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Miles Austin on track to return

Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin goes up for the catch as he is defended by St. Louis Rams corner back Janoris Jenkins in Arlington, Texas Reuters

The Cowboys put up 506 passing yards against the Broncos last weekend and they did it without wide receiver Miles Austin in the lineup.

Austin has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury, but it looks like he’ll be back on the field against Washington this weekend. Austin practiced in full for the second straight day on Thursday after not practicing at all the last two weeks and coach Jason Garrett said that the wideout has avoided any setbacks upon his return to action.

“I thought he did some good things. He seemed comfortable,” Garrett said, via the team’s website. “He’d been running well the last couple of days. He got through practice for the most part fairly healthy.”

In Austin’s absence, the Cowboys were able to give rookie Terrance Williams a heavy dose of playing time and he came through with 11 catches for 222 yards. A healthy Austin would give Tony Romo a wide variety of options in the passing game, although odds are still against a repeat of last year’s gaudy passing totals.

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  1. doe22us says: Oct 10, 2013 2:50 PM

    Hamstring injuries need at least 4-6 weeks to heal, he opens it up he will re-aggravate it. Such a frustrating injury to overcome, and with his history he will always be at risk.

  2. darksidecowboy says: Oct 10, 2013 2:56 PM

    This looks to be the last year for Miles, with Williams showing confidence and skill I think JJ needs to cut Austin. He only plays 7 games a year anyway.

  3. footballislife01 says: Oct 10, 2013 2:56 PM

    Who cares, he is overrated.

  4. emoney826 says: Oct 10, 2013 2:59 PM

    And just after I picked up Williams in fantasy.

  5. steelerben says: Oct 10, 2013 3:06 PM

    “A healthy Austin would give Tony Romo a wide variety of options in the passing game, although odds are still against a repeat of last year’s gaudy passing totals.”

    I wouldn’t be so sure about that. The Cowboys went toe to toe with the Broncos last week and Romo was playing like a man possessed. The Washington defense is not even close to as good as Denver’s. If Romo has time to survey the field he might have back to back 500 yard games.

  6. nebster21 says: Oct 10, 2013 3:14 PM

    I wonder what the Cowboys excuse will be this weekend.

  7. kmartin173 says: Oct 10, 2013 3:34 PM

    “I wouldn’t be so sure about that. The Cowboys went toe to toe with the Broncos last week and Romo was playing like a man possessed. The Washington defense is not even close to as good as Denver’s. If Romo has time to survey the field he might have back to back 500 yard games.”

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    Unless Washington’s defense sucks as bad as Dallas and Denver’s he’s not going to get the ball enough to put up those kinds of numbers again.

    Look for 280 yards and a couple of pick-sixes.

  8. steelerben says: Oct 10, 2013 4:10 PM

    @kmartin173: Have you watched Washington play lately? They looked decent against a Matt Flynn lead Oakland squad, but the tackling, pass rush and secondary have all looked pretty poor. Griffin’s adjustment to the pocket and recovery from knee surgery have not been going as quickly as hoped and they’ve been going three and out pretty frequently. If the time of possession is either even or in the Cowboys favor, it could be another very big game for Romo.

    It is in vogue to talk about Romo as a choker and someone that can’t get it done in the NFL, but with Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, Terrance Williams and Jason Witten to throw to he’s been looking very good. He’s been making good reads, moving around in the pocket to buy time, and finding the open guy. Yes, he threw a pick at the worst time possible last week. It was a single mistake in an otherwise biblical performance. As long as he isn’t being asked to make a hot read every down, he should be just fine.

  9. ragingmouse says: Oct 10, 2013 4:51 PM

    Conference game, the better offense will win and win big…

    Cowboys 38
    Skins 17

  10. kmartin173 says: Oct 10, 2013 5:33 PM

    “As long as he isn’t being asked to make a hot read every down, he should be just fine.”

    They’re 2-3, he’s looking just about fine as he always does if you’re a fantasy football nerd with him on your team. He’ll be watching from the couch in January like he always does.

  11. Grulks says: Oct 10, 2013 6:26 PM

    kmartin, youre right, Romo is 2-3, two games they lost in the road, one of which was to a now 5-0 team. The one loss at home was to the best team in the NFL, and it was a high scoring very close game.

    RGKnee is 1-3. He’s choked in just as many games, only it was to bad teams like Philly, and his scoring plays up until the oakland game have ALL come in garbage time. Whooptido.

    Put up or shut up, I’ll bet $20 right now, that Dallas wins outright. If you accept, you MUST post a pic of your paypal, showing your email. Im willing and able to do so right now.

  12. kmartin173 says: Oct 10, 2013 6:32 PM

    LMAO, who cares if he wins another regular season game? Remember how he performed last time they met when the game meant something and would have gotten him in the playoffs? He’s lucky Washington dropped 2 of what should have been 5 picks.

    The new definition of insanity, watching Tony Romo every year and expecting a different outcome.

  13. 700levelvet says: Oct 10, 2013 6:41 PM

    China Doll…. Typical Cowgirl

  14. 700levelvet says: Oct 10, 2013 6:41 PM

    China Doll…. Typical Cowgirl

  15. cboys4life says: Oct 10, 2013 7:41 PM

    @kmartin173 interesting you’d bring up interceptions since right now tony romo has 2 and RG3 has how many again? Last year is irrelevant now and RG3 is nothing more than a glorified sprinter whose lack of real talent at QB was masked by a gimmick offense. By the time the boys and skins play each other in December it’ll be cousins starting.

  16. dirtydrynn27 says: Oct 10, 2013 8:04 PM

    Hey Dallas fans,why do you guys hate Griffin so much? He was nothing but a classy guy when he consoled Romo after the last meeting was`nt he???

    Dont sleep on the Redskins pass rush guys,unlike Denver,The one thing the Redskins do is get after the passer!!!!

    I will be the 1st to tell you that the Redskins secondary is far from the best.At the same time niether is the Cowboy secondary

    Keep one thing in mind guys,Redskins always and I mean always play Dallas Tough!!! As bad as the Redskins defense has been this year,they have not let anybody score 40+ points on them this year and they are much improved from week 1

    Goodnight Cowboy fans and dont expect a blowout,It wont happen,trust me!!!!

  17. cboys4life says: Oct 10, 2013 8:29 PM

    Of course the skins haven’t allowed 40+ points scored on them no team they’ve played has needed to score that many points to beat them and as a cowboy fan it’s not that I hate RG3 I respect his talents but plain and simple he was overrated and still is now yet you redskin fans act like the guy is the best QB to ever play the game. I don’t care how many times he beat tony romo he ain’t the QB tony romo is. Tony romo beat peyton manning his first year as a starter but that don’t make him better. He also beat brett favre, aaron rodgers and drew brees but again he’s not better than any of em.

  18. jdphx says: Oct 11, 2013 12:59 AM

    “although odds are still against a repeat of last year’s gaudy passing totals.”

    Huh….. Last year, or last WEEK?

  19. jjneedstogo says: Oct 11, 2013 10:49 AM

    @kmartin173 Could you be any more cliche? Could you please come up with something unique? Typical of a Cowboys-hater to bring up Romo. Ok, you made it to the playoffs last year…what happened when you did? IRgKnee didn’t exactly set the world on fire. [Before I give statistics, let me say first that I’m personally a fan of RGIII as a person and football player (I think he’s a class act and I like the way he handles the media) and second that QBs, unfairly, get too much of the credit or blame for wins and losses…it’s a TEAM effort to win or lose]
    Let’s look at Romo and IRgKnee’s statistics for this season since the here-and-now is what matters (I’ve noticed Redskins fans have a tendency to make things convoluted in an attempt to distract people from their poor performance over the last two decades):
    IRgKnee’s 2013 stats – 106 completions in 170 attempts (62.4%, 7.07 YPA), 975 yards, 6 TDs, 4 INTs, 4 FUM, 29.1 QBR, 85.5 Rating.
    Romo’s 2013 stats – 135 completions in 188 attempts (71.8%, 8.1 YPA), 1523 yards, 13 TDs, 2 INTs, 2 FUM, 69.4 QBR, 114.3 Rating.
    If you want to talk about consistency, look at the splits between how well the QBs play in wins versus losses:
    IRgKnee:
    Wins – 18 completions in 31 attempts (58.1%, 7.32 YPA), 227 yards, 1 TD, O INT, 91.7 Rating.
    Losses – 88 completions in 139 attempts (63.3%, 7.01 YPA), 975 yards, 5 TDs, 4 INTs, 84.1 Rating.
    Romo:
    Wins – 53 completions in 73 attempts (72.6%, 6.48 YPA), 473 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT, 106.7 Rating.
    Losses – 82 completions in 115 attempts (71.3%, 9.13 YPA), 8 TDs, 1 INT, 119.1 Rating.
    Romo is more consistent across the board than IRgKnee. Please stop the unfounded, blanket hating…you’re just coming across as ignorant and uninformed. Fact is, so far this season, the Cowboys have demonstrated they have a better team, across the board, than the Redskins do.

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