Due to the negative rumors, Austin fell out of the first round. He landed with the New York Giants in the mid-second round, just one selection prior to the Chicago Bears pick. Ironically, it was in a preseason matchup just a few months later against the Bears where Austin tore his pectoral muscle and prematurely ended his rookie campaign.
By the time Austin made it back to the field in 2012, he hadn’t played in a real game in nearly three years. Unfortunately, a back injury limited Austin to just eight games in his second season as a Giant. He played a total of 103 snaps last season and only recorded eight tackles. During the offseason this year, New York tried to trade Austin. But they found no takers. Instead, they simply cut him.
After trying out with several teams, Austin was signed by the Miami Dolphins late last month. After three weeks, 28 snaps and one tackle, Austin was waived again. Now, he has landed in Dallas with a defense line coach in Marinelli who has believed in his talents since the beginning. Austin will add depth to an over-achieving but ailing group that includes unknowns like Nick Hayden and George Selvie as starters. Let’s see if the old-ball coach can do some more of his magic and change this draft-bust into the newest productive member of the Rush-Men.