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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Cowboys looking to solve hamstring woes

By Calvin Watkins

IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys have placed 10 different players on the injury report this season due to hamstring injuries. The current injury report, released Wednesday, lists four players with injury problems.

Bruce Carter, Morris Claiborne and Dwayne Harris didn't practice Wednesday due to hamstring issues and Justin Durant, also listed on the report, did practice.

Mike Woicik, Dallas' strength and conditioning coordinator, said his group is looking at ways to curtail the number of hamstring injuries.

"We look at all those things, all the time," Woicik said. "Trainers, strength coaches always look at that. We're always looking for new ways that we can try to prevent it, but we don’t have all the answers."

The Cowboys monitor the work habits of several players, including wide receiver Miles Austin, who has dealt with hamstring problems in the past. Some players have a small device hooked to their shoulder pads that monitors their movements to see if too much work or not enough of it causes the problems.

"We have to look at how we’re practicing and some of the things we’re doing in our strength and conditioning program," coach Jason Garrett said. "We always try to evaluate that. We try to do good analysis of that along the way. We’ve had too many of them. There’s no question about that. They happen all around the league, I get that. But we have to keep doing our part and our evaluation to how we can eliminate them the best we can."