Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin did not practice Wednesday, possibly forcing him to miss his fourth straight game because of a hamstring injury.
After the Thanksgiving Day win against the Miami Dolphins, Austin expressed hope he would be able to return Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, which is what Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones reiterated on his KRLD-FM radio show Tuesday.
Because Austin has had two different hamstring strains, the Cowboys would want to remain cautious with him and make sure he is 100 percent with three of their five remaining games coming against NFC East opponents.
Given the way Laurent Robinson has played, they can afford to take a slow approach. Robinson has 38 catches for 554 yards with a team-leading seven touchdowns, including at least one in his last five games.
As the piece states, there's no reason for the Cowboys to rush Austin back with the way Robinson is playing. With the Cardinals porous pass defense on tap, Robinson would be a terrific start if Austin can't go. Even if he's back, Robinson would be a WR2/WR3 given his recent production and the struggles of the Arizona secondary.