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November 06, 2011

Austin injuries his right hamstring; will have MRI on Monday

Miles Austin injured his right hamstring on a 37-yard reception in the first half. He had his right leg wrapped in ice the rest of the first half before changing into street clothes for the second half.

“I’m frustrated, because I can’t be out there,” Austin said. “…I want to be out there with the team, because these are the guys I know, and I want to fight in the game with them. It’s obviously very frustrating. I’m going to be trying to get back as fast as I can. It’s frustrating.”

Austin will undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the injury. He already has missed two games this season with a left hamstring injury.

Austin injured his left hamstring in an Aug. 18 practice against the San Diego Chargers. He missed only a few days before returning but had the hamstring tighten on him again Aug. 23.

Austin started the first two games, but tweaked the left hamstring late in the Week 2 victory over the 49ers. He missed games against Washington and Detroit.

Austin finished Sunday with two catches for 53 yards. For the season, he has 28 receptions for 403 yards and four touchdowns.

“It’s tough,” tight end Jason Witten said. “I feel like we’re pretty deep at receiver, but it’s hard to duplicate what Miles brings to your team. Even when he’s not getting the catches, there’s coverage rolling that way.

“[Other] guys have got to step up. Jason [Garrett] preaches that more than anything of when your opportunity comes, you’ve got to be able to fill in. I think our guys understand that. In saying that, we need to get him back out there pretty quickly and hopefully he recovers fast, because he’s definitely a big threat for our team.”

Laurent Robinson had five catches for 32 yards and a touchdown in place of Austin.

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo sounds resigned to the fact that he’ll be without his top wideout for a few games.

“It’s going to be hard without him,” Romo said. “He’s an explosive player who is outstanding in everything at that position. Obviously, we’ll have to do some things to counter it.”

-- Charean Williams


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