When Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin suffered a hamstring pull early in the season, there was concern all over Cowboy nation. But the team and Miles suggested that it wasn’t much to worry about and that he was only removed from the game against the St. Louis Rams as a precaution.
We knew better than that as Austin has had problematic hamstrings for years now and despite his best efforts and playing through the injury, this wasn’t just going to go away.
Now a few weeks later, Austin has been in and out of the lineup and looking like a shell of his former self when he does play. The Cowboys, fully aware of this, have suggested they may shut Austin down so he can fully recover from the injury:
Jason Garrett intimated the team may shut down Miles Austin to get him healthy. It’s easy to do now with Williams and Beasley playing well
As Hill points out, with the emergence of Terrence Williams, there’s really not much reason not to shut down Austin as he’s not really helping on the field and is only hindering the progression of Williams and Beasley who are forced to take plays off for the struggling Miles.