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Hamstring Could Keep Miles Austin Out Until Week 6

The Cowboys rode Miles Austin to a win in San Francisco Sunday, but they may have to ride on without him for the next two games. Jason Garrett would not address Austin’s hamstring re-injury during his Monday press conference, but speculation is that Austin will not be ready to play again at least until after the club’s bye week.

Dallas hosts Washington and Detroit the next two weeks before their bye. They travel to New England to take on the Patriots on October 16 after their week off.

Austin caught nine balls for 143 yards and 3 touchdowns as Dallas juggled Tony Romo and Jon Kitna and dealt with their offensive mash unit. He caught two passes on the game-tying drive, but his pitch play on the final offensive play in regulation was among the most catastrophic of the day.

For the second time in the game Austin lined up in the backfield. This time he received a pitch and decided to cut his run inside to gain yardage for a possible field goal attempt. He was hit, and he fumbled, almost costing Dallas the chance to tie the game. Dallas recovered and went on to win in overtime, but Austin also tweaked his hamstring on the play and did not participate in the overtime drive.

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