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Miles Austin, while healthy, still gets treatment

12/16/2011

IRVING, Texas -- Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin has missed six games this season because of injuries to both hamstrings. As the Cowboys enters the final three weeks of their season, Austin said he's healthy but still gets treatment for his legs as a precaution.

"Anything can happen, so I will continue to stretch and hydrate and get treatment even though my legs do feel good right now," Austin said after Thursday's practice.

The first time Austin injured his hamstring was toward the back end of training camp, and despite feeling good enough to play once the regular season began, he re-injured it in a Week 2 victory at San Francisco. That cost him two games. He returned in Week 6 and played in four games before suffering a right hamstring injury while running a deep route on Nov. 6 vs. Seattle.

Austin had missed four games before returning last week against the New York Giants. He caught four passes for 63 yards and one touchdown, including two key catches on the last drive of the game that set up a potential game-tying field goal, which was blocked.

Austin also lost one ball in the lights on a key third down on the previous drive.

With three games remaining in the regular season, the Cowboys will need Austin to add to an explosive offense.

The lockout could have contributed to some of these leg issues for Austin, because he wasn't training under the supervision of the team. But Austin said it's hard to know that, given his legs could have been hurt while working with the team, too.

"My legs feel very good right now," Austin said. "I don't know what else to say. To me, no one honestly can answer that question. Has anyone ever?"

Nope, but the Cowboys do need a healthy Austin down the stretch.