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Miles Austin Misses Wednesday Practice

Yesterday, the Cowboys and Miles Austin expressed optimism for a return this weekend for the star wide receiver. That optimism was quelled a bit today, as Austin missed practice on Wednesday, which does not bode well for a return this weekend.

Austin missed two weeks early in the season because of a hamstring injury as well, missing Dallas' Week 3 win over the Redskins and Dallas' Week 4 loss against the Lions before returning after Dallas' bye week against New England. 

If Austin is out this weekend, it will be the fourth straight game that he's missed. He suffered the injury in Dallas' Week 9 win over the Seahawks.

Dallas' four game winning streak, coupled with New York's three game losing streak, makes the decision to rest Austin easier, as the Cowboys currently have a one game lead over the Giants -- the same Giants who play the Packers this weekend.

Laurent Robinson also makes it easier for Dallas' coaching staff to hold Austin back until he's 100%, as Robinson has excelled in Austin's absence. Robinson has 14 receptions the past three weeks, including five touchdowns.

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