Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Updated: September 29, 2:24 PM ET
Miles Austin out; David Buehler staying
By Calvin Watkins
IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin, hampered by a strained hamstring, will miss Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions and won't return until after the bye week, owner Jerry Jones said Wednesday.
Because of injuries, the Cowboys were forced to start Dez Bryant, Kevin Ogletree and Laurent Robinson against the Washington Redskins on Monday night. Austin did not play in that game.
"You can count on these guys," Jones said of the Cowboys' healthy receivers on his weekly radio show on KRLD-FM. "They've been in this system. They've been around it to the extent if there's any confusion there, you can rely on them doing a better job. There are guys who can do it. ...
"I think we can count on a healthier Dez Bryant as we move forward -- that injury he had in the first was more than I certainly thought (it) was going to be. And I think we can count on Miles Austin after the bye."
Bryant, who has been slow in recovering from a bruised quadriceps suffered in Week 1 against the New York Jets, participated during Wednesday's practice. He caught four passes for 63 yards in the 18-16 win vs. the Redskins.
Jones said that the Cowboys are not interested in signing a veteran wide receiver.
In addition, Jones addressed the Cowboys two-kicker system, saying David Buehler will remain with the team.
Kicker Dan Bailey made a franchise rookie record six field goals in the Cowboys' victory over the Redskins, creating a buzz about the need to keep Buehler on the 53-man roster.
"We want David Buehler to get well," Jones said. "He will need the bye to really get well, I think. We need that kickoff deep in that end zone. That touchback is an important part of the game."
Buehler, who converted only 75 percent of his field goal attempts last season, is mainly a kickoff specialist and has 56 touchbacks in his career. Bailey, however, handled full kicking chores Monday and had two touchbacks in his seven attempts.
"Buehler is too big of an asset for us not to count on him the rest of the year," Jones said.
Buehler has five touchbacks on 10 kickoffs this season, but he hasn't attempted any field goals.
Calvin Watkins covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com.