The Dallas Cowboys' pass-heavy offense took a major blow in Week 3 as wide receiver Miles Austin went down with an injury. According to John Clayton of ESPN, Austin is nursing his hamstring and didn't return to Dallas' 31-7 win over the St. Louis Rams.
The question is, what does Austin's injury mean for wide receiver Dwayne Harris?
Through three games, the Cowboys have attempted 115 pass attempts, good for an average of 38.3 per contest. In that time, Tony Romo has hit Austin 15 times for 125 yards on 21 targets, which equates to five receptions and seven targets per contest.
Unfortunately, Austin is injured again.
Miles Austin has a hamstring injury. Three games into the season it happens again.— Charean Williams (@NFLCharean) September 22, 2013
If any wide receiver is going to take Austin's place, it's Harris.
Harris only caught one pass against the Rams, but it was a 24-yard touchdown that helped to extend the lead to 31-7. During the 2012 season, he played in all 16 games and caught 17 passes for 222 yards and one score.
According to the numbers, unless Austin misses time, Harris' fantasy football value is limited.
With this being established, Kevin Ogletree was in Harris' position in 2012 and caught 32 passes for 436 yards and four touchdowns. He posted one game with 114 yards receiving and another with 96, displaying just how valuable any Cowboys receiver can be in fantasy football.
Until Austin is ruled out, however, proceed with caution when it comes to Harris' fantasy football value.