Cowboys WR Miles Austin returns to practice

Oct 20, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin (19) along the sidelines prior to playing the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 17-3. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin has returned to practice. It is interesting because the Cowboys are heading into a bye week and there is no game this weekend. They could’ve let him rest a little longer before returning to practice next week.

It is a good sign that he is getting some practice in though. It is a big step in the right direction of his rehab and seems to indicate that he is eyeing a return in Week 12 against the New York Giants.

What kind of role Austin will play is unknown still. He could start, or play in a more situational role depending on how confident he feels and where his rehab has him. Cowboys rookie wide receiver Terrance Williams has struggled in the last three games. He has just 5 catches despite being targeted 22 times.

That has left Dez Bryant alone with Jason Witten in the passing game and Bryant is finding himself frequently double teamed. Austin could be played even just as a decoy to free Bryant up.

 

 

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  • SmartThinking

    Actually, this is a smart move. Best case: Austin catches three long balls and a touchdown against New York while they jam Bryant up all night again. Worst case: Austin re-injures himself and goes to IR before he is traded at season’a end. Either way, I don’t see a downside.

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