Friday, November 22, 2013
Miles Austin ready to go for Sunday
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas -- What was thought to be the case became official on Friday: Miles Austin will return to the Dallas Cowboys' lineup Sunday against the New York Giants.
Austin is listed as probable after going through his third straight full practice. Austin has missed five of the past seven games with a hamstring strain, and he has not caught a pass in a game since Sept. 22 against the St. Louis Rams.
Austin, who caught 15 passes for 125 yards in the first three games of the season, has been slowed the past two years by hamstring injuries. He did not miss a game in 2012 but missed six in 2011.
“It's just something that you have to go through regardless of how frustrating it is,” Austin said. “You have to deal with reality when it comes. The reality now is that I feel good. I’m playing and ready to go.”
The Cowboys need Austin. He caught 10 passes for 72 yards against the Giants in the season opener. In eight full games against New York, he has 44 catches for 571 yards and four touchdowns.
He played against the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles after missing two games but he did not record a catch. The Cowboys shut him down through the bye week in hopes of him being 100 percent for the final six games of the season and a boost to the offense.
“Hopefully I can help out,” Austin said. “I’m going to try my best every play I’m in there, receiving blocking, anything I can do. We’ll see how it goes from there.”
Because of the chronic hamstring injuries and a $54 million contract extension, Austin has taken a good amount of grief from those outside the team. Coach Jason Garrett and tight end Jason Witten defended Austin this week, but the receiver is not concerned about outside perceptions.
“I don’t try to use negative things to push me positively,” Austin said. “I just try to take it literally day by day and get better, focus on what I need to do to and keep real positive. That’s the way I look at it.”