Miles Austin didn’t participate in today’s Chargers/Cowboys joint practice and may not practice tomorrow or play in Sunday’s game. Austin has been bothered by a sore hamstring, and, even though, it isn’t considered serious, the ‘Boys are taking a cautious approach with the receiver. Here’s what Jason Garrett had to say about it:
“Just got to see day-to-day and we don’t think it’s a serious injury,” coach Jason Garrett said of Austin. “We didn’t think it was smart to have him go out and practice [Thursday]. We’ll see how he responds on treatment [Thursday afternoon] and make a judgement on tomorrow’s practice.” — Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas
Even if healthy, Austin wasn’t going to play much against the Chargers anyway, but this does provide some other guys with an opportunity to get reps with the first team. If Miles doesn’t play, expect Kevin Ogletree to start in his place and Dwayne Harris will probably see some time too. Typically, preseason is meaningless, but for Ogletree and Harris, this game takes on added significance. One of them is just a Dez or Miles injury away from being a starter. Hopefully they come to play on Sunday.