We’re sure there are doctors who specifically research hamstrings. But we have no medical knowledge whatsoever, although I once had a gold fish who lived for six years.
But if there are people who dedicate their entire life’s work to that area of the body, then they should move to north Texas. That’s where you’ll find a few things: random crippling snow storms, the Dallas Cowboys, and Miles Austin’s often injured hamstrings.
Austin left the Cowboys’ Week 9 win over Seattle in the second quarter after he caught a 37-yard pass. He limped to the sidelines and was examined by team trainers, and his hamstring was once again deemed to be the issue. Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas is reporting that Austin could miss two-to-four weeks.
Luckily, if Austin’s latest absence leans towards the longer end of that estimate the Cowboys face mostly inferior opponents over the next month on paper, and everyone knows that games are played purely on paper. They host the Bills next Sunday, and that’s the only serious threat. Combined the other three teams on Dallas’ schedule over the next month (Washington, Miami, Arizona) have a record of 6-18.
This is the second time Austin will miss games this season because of a hamstring injury, only this time it’s his right hamstring. He first strained his left hamstring late in training camp, but after a quick recovery he played in Dallas’ first two games and excelled, hauling in 233 receiving yards. However, in Week 2 against San Francisco he aggravated the injury and then sat out the next two games, meaning he could miss up to six games this season solely because of nagging hamstring issues that heal reasonably quickly, but are re-aggravated just as fast.
Since he became a starter in 2009 Austin has been able to stay healthy, playing in all 32 regular-season games over the past two seasons. Now Dez Bryant, the explosive second-year receiver who’s also had injury problems this year, will be asked to shoulder an even greater load, and likewise for tight end Jason Witten. The likely candidate to replace Austin is Laurent Robinson, the fifth-year veteran who had 10 receptions and 165 receiving yards when Austin first missed time in Weeks 3 and 4.
I’d like to sincerely apologize to Cowboys fans, because I just traded for Austin in one of my fantasy leagues. Is there a player you’d like me to trade for who’s on a rival team? Let’s make this right.