Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin has been hampered
by hamstring problems over each of the last two seasons. As a result, the
Cowboys are trying to protect Austin from additional injury early in the
offseason, as they will be removing him from the playing field every now and
then to keep him from overworking his hamstrings, according to Carlos Mendez of
The Cowboys held Austin out one day of mandatory mini-camp
last week, and he also missed some of the team’s voluntary practices earlier
this offseason. By doing so, Dallas is hoping that Austin can spend more time
on the field during the regular season.
Austin missed six games in 2011 due to injury. Last year, he
was able to play in all 16 games, but he was clearly impacted by hip and ankle
ailments throughout the season.
While the Cowboys are taking things slow with Austin, if he’d
have it his way he’d be on the field.
“I want to go,” he said. “When Coach says you can’t, you
just kind of have to sit there and not go. But it’s tough for me, sometimes,
just to watch the other guys going and not be out there, especially in this
heat and knowing how it is to play wideout. You’re out there running. You get
tired, and you want at least a few more bodies in there to take some of that
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