- Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff Writer
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IRVING, Texas – If Miles Austin is as elusive on the field Wednesday night as he was outside the Valley Ranch trainers room Sunday afternoon, the Giants are in big trouble.
Austin typically attempts to make his answers as boring as possible when talking to the media. That was especially true on the subject of how he’s feeling coming off a strained hamstring that caused him to miss the entire preseason.
“I feel good,” Austin said, just smiling when asked to elaborate.
Does Austin think the Cowboys will have to carefully manage his snaps in the season opener?
“I look forward to playing in the first game and look forward to being out there with my teammates,” Austin said.
That’s swell and all, Miles, but you didn’t answer the question. Do you think you’ll be ready to play every down or will the coaches have to carefully manage your snaps?
“I’m not sure who’s in charge of anything like that, but I look forward to being out there with my teammates,” Austin said, laughing.
OK, here is what we do know: Austin is officially listed as a full participant in Sunday’s practice, but the coaches are being careful to make sure he doesn’t take too many reps.
And quarterback Tony Romo isn’t losing any sleep worrying about whether Austin will be ready against the Giants. Romo notes that Austin had a big game in last season’s opener at MetLife Stadium, catching five passes for 90 yards and a touchdown against the Jets after missing the last few preseason games with a hamstring strain.
“He did pretty good in the first game, I think, if I remember against the Jets,” Romo said. “I think he’ll be able to pick it up. I wouldn’t be too worried.”
Of course, Austin tweaked that hamstring late in the following week’s win against the 49ers. Hence the questions he avoids answering about managing his snaps now.