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07/25/2013

The forgotten Cowboy (hint - he dated Kim Kardashian)

IMG_2297OXNARD, California - It was not too long ago when Miles Austin was a nobody from Monmouth who suddenly was tearing up the NFL, and the latest arm candy for Kim Kardashian.

Today, because of a variety of injuries, we forget that Austin was the best wide receiver on this team for multiple seasons and can still play. If he can remain healthy - which is a giant if - it would provide an enormous relief to Tony Romo and Dez Bryant. A healthy Miles Austin is a major threat.

It doesn't feel like it, but he played in all 16 games last season, including 15 starts - he caught 66 passes for 943 yards with six touchdowns.

He has fought through injuries in each of the past two seasons, which have slowed him down and made him the second option behind Dez.

"You want to be 100 percent all the time, but I guess it is frustrating when you are trying to play at a high level and working your butt off every day and certain small injuries here and there," Austin told me. "The most frustrating thing is we were 8-8 and didn't make the playoffs."

Is there anything Austin can do to avoid the leg injuries that have slowed him?

"Not play football," he said. "I don't know. Injuries happen, not only on our team but every team. Sometimes you get injured doing something and sometimes you don't."

When the Cowboys drafted Baylor's Terrance Williams in the third round of the '13 draft, it seemed as if the team is preparing for Austin's eventual departure. He knows that may be true.

"The nature of the beast is new people come into the league every year and leave every year; that's the nature of the system," he said. "To be naive to that fact, you are lying to yourself. I'm going to continue to help and work with younger guys."

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