Miles Austin plans to play next week

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Early on Friday it looked like Miles Austin would miss his fourth straight game thanks to a hamstring injury and that came to fruition when the Cowboys ruled him out for their game with the Cardinals on Friday afternoon.

Austin is making progress toward returning, however, and said that he plans to be in the lineup for the Week 14 showdown with the Giants. Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports that Austin, who has missed six games altogether this year, wants to be as sure as possible that he won’t do further damage when he gets on the field.

“We were thinking maybe possibly this being the game that I do come back,” Austin said. “I guess they’re trying to be a little bit more cautious with it. It makes sense. I’m feeling better now than I did on a regular Wednesday or Thursday in a week because I continue to get treatment. So I’ll be good to go next week. I’m running routes now. It’s good to get these days up underneath me just not only for my hamstring but my legs and wind and everything else back.”

While the Cowboys will miss Austin this weekend, having him back for the Giants game is crucial. With the Giants facing the Packers on Sunday, there’s a good chance the Cowboys will enter the December 11th game with a two-game lead in the NFC East. Despite Arizona being a house of horrors for the Cowboys in the past, they should be able to beat the Cardinals and enter Week 14 at full strength with a chance to deliver a killer blow to the Giants’ playoff chances.