9. Miles Austin’s Hamstring Injury
The Cowboys receiver corps was banged up themselves coming into Sunday’s game against the Chargers. Veteran receiver Miles Austin missed today’s game due to a hamstring injury he suffered against the Rams in Week Three. Although considered “not serious” at first, Austin couldn’t practice all week and was considered day-to-day. He has been plagued by hamstring issues for the past couple seasons. Still Dallas was confident they could get the job done using Dwayne Harris, Cole Beasley and Terrance Williams to fill-in. Unfortunately, their overall inexperience hurt the Cowboys offensive efficiency.
During a 38 yard punt return, Harris appeared to re-injure his hip and had almost no impact on the offensive side of the ball for Dallas. He had suffered a hip pointer injury last week and was unable to practice all week as well.
Beasley finished the day with three receptions for 16 yards on three targets. He also had a false start penalty that help stall a Cowboys drive in the third quarter.
And Williams, after having an early dropped pass, came back strong making his next seven receptions for 71 yards. Then he made a rookie mistake by trying to do too much and fumbled the ball late in the fourth quarter stretching out for a touchdown. His mistake, although not the sole reason the Cowboys lost this game, did end any hopes Dallas had of making a comeback.