Dallas Cowboys: Clifton Geathers. Sean Lissemore

ARLINGTON, Texas -- With Miles Austin aggravating his hamstring injury in Tuesday’s practice and Marcus Spears straining his groin Sunday vs. San Diego, it is highly likely the next time they step on the field will be for the Sept. 11 regular-season opener at the New York Jets.

There is no need to rush Austin back for Saturday’s game at Minnesota and Spears will also skip the game. The regulars will not see the field in the final preseason game Sept. 1 at Miami.

Hello, Jets.

There is a ray of good news to the absences for some younger players.

Austin’s absence will give Kevin Ogletree, Dwayne Harris, Jesse Holley, Manuel Johnson and Raymond Radway more chances to fight for the final three wide receiver spots. Spears’ absence will give Igor Olshansky a chance to save his job or Sean Lissemore and Clifton Geathers the chance to win the final defensive line spot.

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