SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Miles Austin #19 of the Dallas Cowboys catches the ball in front of Madieu Williams #20 of the San Francisco 49ers and carries the ball into the endzone for a 25 yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game at Candlestick Park on September 18, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
This should start with a disclaimer. I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on television.
But it sure doesn't seem likely that Miles Austin will be back at full strength this season after his latest injury on Sunday in the Cowboys' win over the lowly Seattle Seahawks.
Austin, who missed a month earlier this season after his best performance of the season in the Cowboys' win over San Francisco (the 49ers only loss) with an injured left hamstring, came back for the Cowboys' loss to New England.
After recording seven catches in that game, he's gone for two, three and two catches in the last three and injured his right hamstring at the end of a 37-yard reception down the sideline before halftime.
With eight weeks left in the regular season, it's been reported today that Austin will miss 2-4 weeks with the latest injury, and you might as well assume the worst there since this is his third hamstring flare-up since the preseason.
The first two times, it was the left. This time, it's the right. It likely came from over-compensating, and now it's going to be a while before Austin gets back to full strength — maybe next season.
If Austin isn't at full strength for the rest of the season, the Cowboys' most reliable receiver seems to be Laurent Robinson, as the uber-talented Dez Bryant continues to make mental mistake after mental mistake.
If that is indeed the case, what's that say about the Cowboys' offense going forward? DeMarco Murray has set the world on fire against some below average run defenses, but what happens when a defense forces the Cowboys to throw and your best receiver is not healthy? It could end badly for the Cowboys and their fans.