Miles Austin DAL -WRworking to keep hamstrings healthy
Cowboys WR Miles Austin has dealt with nagging hamstring injuries for the past 6 years. He's working to solve the problem this offseason. “I’m definitely strengthening my hamstrings a lot more than I have been, doing a different routine, a couple of extra exercises each day on our leg days,” Austin said. “I’m just running hard and trying to compete at a high level at this time, that way it doesn’t shock your muscles when you actually do it for real.” We'll see if the new regimen keeps Austin healthy in 2013. He's still only 28 and finished 26th among WRs in fantasy points last year, despite those hamstring troubles.
Miles Austin DAL -WRnot leaving Dallas
Answering speculation that Miles Austin could be a cap casualty, GM Jerry Jones told reporters that the WR will remain a Cowboy in 2013. Jones said that he likes the odds of Austin coming back healthy and producing better than those of finding an equal replacement in free agency or the draft. Austin played all 16 games last year but dealt with nagging injuries. He scored 1 fewer TD than he had in 10 games in 2011. Dallas seems likely to try to restructure Austin's contract to lower his $6.73 million base salary.
Miles Austin DAL -WRhealth a major issue this offseason
Cowboys HC Jason Garrett says the team has had "comprehensive" discussions about how to keep WR Miles Austin healthy. Austin missed 6 games back in 2011 with hamstring issues. He made it through all 16 this past year, but dealt with hip, hamstring, and ankle injuries. The Cowboys believe keeping Austin better hydrated, as well as limiting his practice reps during the week, will help keep him on the field. “We certainly feel great about Miles, and the only issue we’ve had with Miles is simply health,” Garrett said. “I was really proud of him last year because he wasn’t healthy and he wasn’t healthy the whole year. I saw a really good burst from him maybe about twice and he still caught 66 or so balls and was a productive player; did it a little different than we’ve seen him, but was productive. It’s really important we get him healthy and get him going like he’s capable of.”
Miles Austin DAL -WRsuffered high-ankle sprain
Cowboys WR Miles Austin suffered a high-ankle sprain in Sunday night's loss to the Redskins. He tried to play through it but finished catchless on 3 targets. While Austin appeared in all 16 games this year, he was plagued by hamstring and hip injuries. He still finished with a respectable 66-943-6 line, but durability has become a major concern. Austin turns 29 this coming June.
Miles Austin DAL -WRinjures ankle
Cowboys WR Miles Austin had his ankle rolled up on in the 1st half of Sunday night's game against the Redskins. He hobbled off the field and had the ankle put in a splint on the sidelines. Austin re-entered but only lasted a few plays before heading to the locker room.
Update: Austin returned for the start of the 2nd half. We'll see how effective he is and how long he lasts.
Miles Austin DAL -WRactive
As expected, Cowboys WR Miles Austin (hip, hamstring) is active for tonight's game against the Eagles. He practiced all week but is still a bigger risk than usual. A matchup against a defense that's already thrown in the towel gives Austin plenty of upside though. He's a classic risk/reward fantasy play.
Miles Austin DAL -WRquestionable for Week 13
Cowboys WR Miles Austin (hip, hamstring) is listed as questionable for Week 13. He put in a limited week of practice and is expected to play against the Eagles on Sunday night. Austin comes with added risk this week -- and the late start time only adds to that -- but he also carries plenty of upside against a fading Philly D. Owners planning on starting Austin can add WR Kevin Ogletree as insurance.
Miles Austin DAL -WRlimited Wednesday
Cowboys WR Miles Austin (hip, hamstring) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. It's confirmation that he's on track to play this weekend. Even at less than 100%, Austin will be worth using in fantasy against an Eagles defense that's already looking forward to the offseason.
Miles Austin DAL -WRexpected to play Week 13
A source tells ESPN's Ed Werder that Cowboys WR Miles Austin (hip, hamstring) is expected to play against the Eagles on Sunday night. The extra time off after Thursday's game helps, although Austin will still need to make it through a few days of practice without a setback. If he does play this weekend, he'll be a risk/reward WR2 against a Philly defense that has mailed it in.
Miles Austin DAL -WRexpects to practice Wednesday
Cowboys WR Miles Austin (hip, hamstring) expects to practice on Wednesday. He told reporters Monday that the bum hip is "getting there." HC Jason Garrett considers Austin "day-to-day." It looks like he avoided a serious injury here, but we'd still consider Austin questionable for Week 13.
Miles Austin DAL -WRhas hamstring and hip problems
Cowboys WR Miles Austin is dealing with hamstring and hip injuries. The hamstring issues can officially be considered chronic. The hip injury occurred in the 1st quarter of Thursday's game against the Redskins. Austin didn't return to that one and should be considered questionable for Week 13. We'll have another update on his status after Wednesday's practice.
Miles Austin DAL -WRsuffers hip injury
Cowboys WR Miles Austin suffered a hip injury in the 1st quarter of Thursday's game against the Redskins. He didn't return, leaving fantasy owners with a big, fat goose egg. We'll pass along an update on Austin's status as soon as we get one.
Miles Austin DAL -WRa risky Week 1 start
Cowboys WR Miles Austin (hamstring) was listed as a full participant in Sunday's practice. But insider Tim MacMahon notes that the team was "careful to make sure he [didn't] take too many reps." Afterwards, Austin was cryptic when asked whether he'll be ready for a full slate of snaps against the Giants on Wednesday night. “I’m not sure who’s in charge of anything like that, but I look forward to being out there with my teammates,” Austin said. After missing most of August with hamstring issues, Austin will be a risky Week 1 fantasy start. But he'll also come with significant upside. He missed most of last August too -- and then went out and posted 90 yards and a score in the season opener.
Miles Austin DAL -WRexpected to be fine for Week 1
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones doesn't expect WR Miles Austin (hamstring) to play in either of the team's final 2 preseason games. But Austin is fully expected to be ready for Week 1. "We're basically just wanting to make sure he's ready for (the season-opener against) New York," Jones said. "That's where it's all headed for him. He probably will need some work, just logic tells you, before he gets in the game, but we're not interested in seeing him (play in the preseason)." Austin reportedly feels like he could play if the season started today. It looks like the Cowboys are just being extra cautious with Austin. It's a smart move considering he missed 6 games last year with hamstring issues. Look for Austin to be on the field for Week 1, but rust could be a factor after sitting out almost all of August. He remains a risk/reward WR2 in fantasy.
Miles Austin DAL -WRunlikely to play in preseason
Cowboys WR Miles Austin's hamstring problems will likely keep him out of the entire preseason. Owner Jerry Jones says that Austin isn't expected back at practice this week, meaning he won't play in the all-important 3rd preseason game. It's unlikely he'd play in the final exhibition either. There's still no timetable for Austin's return, and we haven't heard any positive progress reports. The hamstring is becoming a definite concern, especially after he missed 6 games with the same problem last season. While we still like a healthy Austin's top-10 upside, he's shaping up as a risky fantasy pick. We just nudged him down our rankings.
Miles Austin DAL -WRmaking progress with hamstring
Cowboys WR Miles Austin has yet to return to practice but is making progress with his injured hamstring. He's started resistance training and was on the field for Wednesday's walkthrough. The team is hoping he can play in the 3rd preseason game. As long as Austin is back to 100% by then, he'll be safe to draft as a WR2 with upside.
Miles Austin DAL -WRnot worried about hamstring
Cowboys WR Miles Austin isn't concerned about his latest hamstring injury. "I’m not concerned.” he said. "I need to focus on getting back." We're a little more worried considering the dual hamstring injuries that derailed Austin's 2011 season. The team is calling this issue "tightness," rather than a strain or pull. Austin won't play in Dallas' preseason opener, but he has a chance to get back on the practice field next week. We still like him as a high-upside WR2, but Austin certainly isn't the safest pick on the board. His progress over the next few weeks will be key to his draft value.
Miles Austin DAL -WRhaving hamstring problems again
Cowboys WR Miles Austin was pulled from practice on Saturday with a hamstring injury. “He’s fine,” VP Stephen Jones said. "When you start to get sore and tight, we’ve just got to be careful.” It doesn't sound serious, but it's worrisome after Austin missed 6 games last year with hamstring problems. We'll keep a close eye on him over the next month. A healthy Austin carries top-10 fantasy upside.
Miles Austin DAL -WRwas out of shape last season
Cowboys WR Miles Austin admits that he didn't stay in peak physical condition during the lockout last offseason. He went on to miss 6 games with hamstring issues. "I feel like last year I wasn’t prepared for the season the way I should’ve been condition-wise, even though I looked and felt it at the time," Austin said. "That’s one thing that I have to keep an eye on. To make sure I’m in the best physical shape I can be." Austin promises to be in better shape for 2012. If he can stay healthy, he still has top-10 upside on an explosive Cowboys offense.
Miles Austin DAL -WRsays hamstring 'not an issue'
WR Miles Austin told a Dallas-area radio audience earlier this week that he's over the hamstring trouble that hampered him much of the year. He said it won't be an issue going forward. We weren't anticipating any lingering hamstring trouble, but such a report is always good to hear. The real questions for his fantasy value are whether the Cowboys will bring back FA WR Laurent Robinson and how Austin and Dez Bryant will split targets.
Get Fantasy Football Updates In Your Inbox
Plus a FREE 2013 Draft Tips Report!