The Cowboys got wide receiver Miles Austin back in the lineup against the Redskins on Sunday night, but it didn’t look like Austin was back at full speed after missing the two previous games with a hamstring injury.
Austin was targeted four times without making a catch and spent the game splitting time in two-receiver sets with rookie Terrance Williams. Coach Jason Garrett said that he thinks Austin may be lacking confidence in the condition of his hamstring and that clearing that hurdle is part of the process he needs to complete to get back to 100 percent.
“I thought Miles looked OK,” Garrett said, via Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com. “He’s clearly working his way back into it. I don’t think he looked as explosive as he did early on in the year. He’s clearly trying to get his hamstring healthy. He came through the game, looked like he was able to function, everything we asked him to do. But he’s a work in progress coming back.”
Williams had two catches for 27 yards and a touchdown against Washington a week after picking up 151 yards and a touchdown against Denver. If Williams continues to develop, he could push Austin out of Dallas at the end of the season. If Austin doesn’t work his way back to a higher level than “OK,” Williams could push him down the depth chart even sooner.