Miles Austin's role never more vital

Dez Bryant's personal issues put spotlight on importance of Cowboys' top receiver

Updated: July 20, 2012, 1:00 AM ET
By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- Those who want to anoint Dez Bryant as the Dallas Cowboys' No. 1 receiver seem to overlook the guy who actually is the No. 1 receiver, Miles Austin.

With Bryant's arrest over the weekend, Austin's importance to the Cowboys has never been greater.

Austin missed six games last year because of two hamstring injuries. He suffered the first hamstring strain in camp and was unable to shake free all season. Those injuries tend to linger, especially with wide receivers and ...

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