Garrett: Cowboys have to get Austin going

December, 12, 2013
12/12/13
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IRVING, Texas -- When Miles Austin returned from a hamstring injury after the bye week, the Dallas Cowboys were hoping he could provide a spark.

After three games, Austin has four catches for 54 yards. He also has two drops.

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How do the Cowboys get Austin going?

“Just get him going, give him some opportunities," coach Jason Garrett said. “He has to make the plays on the other end of it."

If "getting him going," is the coaching point, then why haven't the Cowboys done that yet? Garrett said the lack of numbers Monday had more to do with the Cowboys' success running the ball and not many chances for anybody in the passing game before the starters were yanked.

Garrett said Austin "seems to be over the injury."

"He looks quick and fast and explosive to me when he's playing, as close to 100 percent as you can be at this point," Garrett said.

So if he is healthy, then it goes back to why the Cowboys aren't "getting him going." It's not as if Terrance Williams has had big numbers in the past three games either. He has six catches for 69 yards.

In three games against the Green Bay Packers, Austin has eight catches for 151 yards and a touchdown. His first 100-yard game and touchdown came against the Packers in 2008.

“But when he gets his chances, take advantage of them," Garrett said. “You know, he's been a real good player for us. We think he's more and more healthy as the season has gone on and we'll give him some chances to go forward."

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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