Austin was just 57 yards away from reaching 1,000 and making franchise history. Along with Dez Bryant and Jason Witten, if Austin had surpassed 1,000, it would have marked the first time in franchise history the Cowboys had three players with 1,000 receiving yards.
The start of the night was tough for Austin. On the first pass play of the game, Austin slipped coming out of his break leading to an incompletion.
Later in the first quarter, Tony Romo threw his second pick of the game on an underthrown deep pass to Austin down the Redskins sidelines.
But what messed up Austin night was he got rolled up during a Felix Jones run in the second quarter. Austin fell down as he tried to reach the sidelines and was in obvious pain.
"Well you know I went down with high-ankle sprain and that’s never a good thing," he said. "Very difficult (and) frustrating."
Austin got a pain injection and had his ankle re-taped and later returned but just couldn't finish the game.
"Even when I went out there, I couldn't get any push," he said. "I went in (locker room) tried to get a shot and do all that and I just couldn't get it going."
Since Austin became a full-time starter during the 2009 season, Sunday night marked just the third time that he went without a catch. It's the second time this season the Redskins held Austin without a catch. He finished the season with 66 catches for 943 yards and six touchdowns.