LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 30: Miles Austin #19 of the Dallas Cowboys is tackled by LaRon Landry #30 of the Washington Redskins on December 30, 2007 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
The bad news was not only that Miles Austin sat out, but his nagging hamstring injury may be more troublesome than initially thought.
Austin's hamstring problem, however serious it may be, was the source of some miscommunication, as head coach Wade Phillips said he received some bad information, straight from the source.
According to the head coach, Austin said that he was fine initially, a message Phillips relayed to the media over the weekend. But, as it turns out, all is not "fine" with the fourth-year receiver.
"I guess I talked to the wrong person. I talked to him and he said he was fine," Phillips said on Monday. "[It's] a little different than I thought. It's more of a concern than I had previously. It looks like he'll be practicing full speed on Wednesday. But we'll see."
This is somewhat disconcerting for Austin and the team, as he missed four games in 2008 with a knee injury, and has been fairly consistently hampered by injuries through his four-year career.