Cowboys give Austin days off to save hamstrings

AP

Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin, given a choice, would have volunteered for more voluntary workouts.

But the team prefers he take more reps during the regular season than in the spring and early summer, which is why they forced him into some days off during OTAs and minicamp.

Austin has struggled with hamstring problems in recent years, and their hope is that time off now to rest them will help them avoid a repeat.

“It’s one of those things where you can’t not do it and then do it and tell the difference,” Austin said, via Carlos Mendez of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “But I feel good now.”

While it might take some stretching, or another cup of coffee, to safely wrap your mind around that quote, the point is simple. They’d rather have him later.

“I want to go,” he said, more plainly. “When coach says you can’t, you just kind of have to sit there and not go. But it’s tough for me, sometimes, just to watch the other guys going and not be out there, especially in this heat and knowing how it is to play wideout. You’re out there running. You get tired, and you want at least a few more bodies in there to take some of that load off.”

With Tony Romo missing all of the offseason practices recovering from surgery to remove a cyst in his back, it limits what a veteran such as Austin is missing.