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Austin Not Focused on Return to Pro Bowl

Miles Austin has dealt with a slew of injuries over the past two seasons

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Cowboys receiver Miles Austin would love to return to Pro Bowl form in 2013, after a pair of injury-hampered seasons that severely limited his productivity. But asked by a reporter this week about the idea of returning to Hawaii for the first time since 2010, Austin didn’t want to discuss any potential individual accolades.

I’m just trying to win games,” he said, per the Dallas Morning News.

The main culprit in Austin’s recent struggles has been the 28-year-old’s hamstrings, but he has dealt with ankle and hip issues in this span as well. This offseason, Dallas has taken a proactive approach to keeping their No. 2 receiver healthy, even scheduling days off for him during OTAs and mini-camp to give the hammies a rest.

The end result, hopefully, will be a healthy Austin that can focus more on catching passes and less on gritting through injuries just to get on the field.

“It’s terrible whenever you get injured or whenever you are hurt,” Austin said. “Last year, I missed the last game of the year with a high ankle sprain and that other game I came out of because of the hip. During the year, there’s going to be injuries, you are going to be banged up here and there, but you’ve just got to fight through it.

“I felt like last year I was banged up a few times throughout the season, but I kept going back with it, kept practicing, kept playing.”

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