Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said the team needs to do a better job of monitoring Miles Austin, and he can do a better job of communicating with the team about how he feels.
Austin is out with a hamstring injury. Last season, he missed six games because of a hamstring injury he suffered in training camp.
“We have to learn from the experience,” Garrett said. “He has to learn from the experience and making sure he is getting the hydration, getting all the treatment. He has been doing that stuff. But we’ve got to make sure we are somewhat cautious with him, not getting him back too soon, and then when we get him back, make sure we can continue to monitor that and he is on top of it as well.
“Communication is an important thing. He needs to communicate with us how he is doing. Sometimes, when you are an undrafted free agent from Monmouth University and you are a Jersey-tough-type guy, you don’t want to tell the coach anything like that. You want to say, ‘Coach, I’m fine.’ That’s one of Miles’ greatest strengths. Sometimes it can creep in a negative way. We have to monitor him better.”
Austin said in the offseason that he wasn’t in the best shape he could have been in training camp last year.
Austin is one of five Cowboys players who are out with hamstring injuries. Anthony Spencer, Jason Hatcher, Lance Dunbar and Nate Livings also have hamstring problems.
-- Carlos Mendez