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May 09, 2013

Miles Austin is trying to prevent recurrence of hamstring issues

For two seasons, Miles Austin has been hamstrung. He missed six games with injuries to both hamstrings in 2011. Last season, Austin played in every game but missed training camp and practice time during the season with tight hamstrings.

To that end, Austin has made changes to his off-season workouts to try and prevent a recurrence.

"I’m definitely strengthening my hamstrings a lot more than I have been, just doing a different routine, a couple of extra exercises on our leg days," Austin said. "I'm just running hard and trying to compete at a high level. That way, it doesn’t shock your muscles when you actually do it for real."

Jason Garrett has mentioned that the Cowboys sometimes need to hold Austin back, because Austin works too hard. But Austin said his work habits won't change.

"I can’t be the player that I am and not practice hard or do those [extra] things [after practice]," Austin said. "I’m going to continue to do those things. So we’ll see."

Austin, who turns 29 this summer, had only two 100-yard games in 2012. He finished with 943 yards. His last 1,000-yard season came in 2010, the last time his hamstrings held up all season.

-- Charean Williams



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