Miles Austin Injury: Updates on Cowboys WRs Ribs

David DanielsSenior Writer ISeptember 23, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 05:  wide receiver Miles Austin #19 of the Dallas Cowboys reacts after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants during the 2012 NFL season opener at MetLife Stadium on September 5, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Injuries continue to plague Miles Austin.

The Dallas Cowboys wide receiver missed six games in 2011 because of an injury, and in the Week 3 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers he became even more familiar with the team’s training staff.


UPDATE: September 23 at 4:15 p.m. EDT by David Daniels

Tony Romo’s prayers were answered.

ESPN’s John Clayton reported an update on Austin’s injury that’ll trigger Cowboys fans to breathe a sigh of relief.

X rays on MIles Austin were negative. His ribs are fine. He's back in the game. Bucs say DE Adrian Clayborn out with knee. Won't return.

— John Clayton (@ClaytonESPN) September 23, 2012

After Romo played through his brutal rib injury last season, there was no way Austin wasn’t going to tough it out vs. the Bucs, right?



John Clayton of ESPN reported on Austin's rib injury via Twitter.

Miles Austin of Dallas in lockerroom getting rib x-rays

— John Clayton (@ClaytonESPN) September 23, 2012

ESPN’s Matt Mosley also added details about Austin’s current status.

Miles Austin has a rib injury. He MAY return. Having x-rays, according to Cowboys sideline reporter Kristi Scales.

— Matt Mosley (@mattmosley) September 23, 2012

Losing Austin for a long period of time would devastate the Cowboys’ offense. In the first two weeks of the season, he hauled in nine balls for 136 yards and two touchdowns. In Week 3, before being forced to the sideline, he recorded four receptions for 90 yards.

Dez Bryant has more than enough talent to carry the workload through the air as a No. 1 receiver, but has yet to show that ability on the field. While Bryant has displayed nothing but inconsistency, Austin has been a reliable target for years.

Tony Romo is praying the X-ray results come up negative.


David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.