Miles Austin is a vital part of the Cowboys talented receiving core
Austin missed six games during the 2011 season due to hamstring injuries, resulting in the receiver’s most disappointing season since becoming a starter in 09. The receiver headed into the 2011 season with a strained hamstring and re-aggravated it during a week 2 game-breaking performance grabbing 9-passes for 143-yards and scoring three times against the San Francisco 49ers, a game the Cowboys would end up winning in overtime without the presence of Austin late in the game. Austin returned to action after missing two games before he would later suffer another hamstring injury in a win over the Seattle Seahawks on 11-6-11. The injury forced Austin out of action for four more games before he returned back to action for a Sunday night showdown against rival New York on 11-11-11.
In his return, the receiver caught 4-passes for 63-yards and a touchdown. The Cowboys had a 34-22 lead with only 5:41 remaining. The defense gave up a quick score as Eli Manning connected with tight end Jake Ballard with 3 minutes remaining cutting the Dallas lead down to five, 34-29. On the teams next offensive possession, Austin claimed to have lost the ball in the lights on a critical passing down that most likely would’ve put the nail in the coffin as the receiver had a clear way for a score had he caught the ball. After the incompletion, the momentum and outcome of the NFC East shifted towards New York who would go on to defeat the Cowboys twice claiming the division and open road to the super bowl to win it. Although Austin has taken some criticism for his missed opportunity against New York, Dallas fans as well as the organization understand Austin is a vital part of the offense and is needed to round out the their talented receiving core. During Austin’s missed time, the team found a gem in receiver Laurent Robinson who filled the void with 11-touchdown grabs. And should Jerry Jones re-sign Robinson, a free agent, the Cowboys would head into training camp with one of the league’s top rated receiving units with Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and Laurent Robinson.
The good news out in the street is that Austin feels the hamstring injury that sidelined him for a good chunk of last year is fully healed. In his career, the 6-year pro and two-time all-pro has produced 211-receptions for 3,294-yards and 28-touchdowns highlighted by his best season in 09 when the receiver caught 81-balls for 1,320-yards and 11-scores. When the new league year begins on the 13th of March, the free agent period begins, then team workouts in April. After the draft, a clear view heading into training camp. Austin, without a shadow of doubt has a chip on his shoulder and is looking to rebound himself in 2012. Everything for an edge of motivation this off season surrounding the team from the front office down to the coaches and players just might be the right prescription the doctor ordered for the organization that hasn’t won a title since the 95 season.