There doesn’t seem to be much chance that Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin will play in the team’s preseason opener.
Austin is going to be out at least a week after straining his hamstring during practice on Saturday. The team doesn’t feel that the injury is as serious as either of the hamstring pulls that wound up keeping him out of six games last season, but they are using those injuries as a guide to make sure that there’s no lingering absence.
“We just have to learn from that experience and he has to learn from that experience,” coach Jason Garrett said, via Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com. “Making sure he’s getting all the hydration he needs, getting all the treatment. He’s been doing all that stuff, but we have to make sure we’re somewhat cautious with him in making sure we’re not getting him back too soon and then when we get him back making sure we continue to monitor that … Sometimes when you’re an undrafted guy from Monmouth University and a Jersey-tough type guy you don’t want to tell the coach anything like that. You say, ‘Coach, Im fine,’ and that’s one of Miles’ greatest strengths. Sometimes it can creep up in a negative way as well.”
The Cowboys start the preseason on August 13 against the Raiders. It’s a pretty safe bet that Kevin Ogletree, who worked with the first team in Austin’s absence during Sunday’s walkthrough, or some other receiver will be in Austin’s place when that game kicks off.
Should Austin’s absence continue through the second or third preseason game, the Cowboys might have to abandon their intention to stick with the receivers they already have and find someone from outside the organization to round out the roster.