Miles Austin prepares for old friend

IRVING, Texas – Miles Austin and Terence Newman were teammates for six years. They became good friends off the field after competing against each other on it in practice.

Sunday marks the first time they will go against each other in a real game with Newman in his first year in Cincinnati.

How much Newman will see of Austin on Sunday is uncertain. Newman could spend most of his time covering Dez Bryant.

But Austin isn’t sure what he will get from Newman.

“I don’t really rely on what you know about somebody,” Austin said. “I try to look at the film and see what he does.”

The Cowboys are going to need Austin to perform well Sunday no matter who lines up against him. He said his ailing hip is feeling good, but would not say it felt better than it did a week ago. He had two catches for 46 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown, against the Eagles.

As Bryant’s numbers have soared, Austin’s numbers have slowed, in part due to the injury. He missed all but one series of the Thanksgiving game vs. Washington.

"Oh, I think Miles made really a couple of signature plays in the game the other day, where he had a long third down that he came up and ran the drag route and really made a good run after the catch," coach Jason Garrett said. "Obviously, he scored the touchdown that was big for us later in the ballgame. He's playing well. He's doing some good things. Sometimes the ball goes elsewhere based on the coverage they're playing, the plays we call. But he's doing a good job taking advantage of the opportunities that he gets."