After a mammoth, game-saving performance in the first start of his career (10, 250, 2), Miles Austin was rewarded with an ostensible increase in playing time. Wade Phillips, however, refused to call Austin a starter, leaving one to believe that the fourth-year Monmouth product would remain behind Patrick Crayton on the depth chart.
According to a report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram though, this may have been nothing short of a charade, and a short-lived one at that.
Clarence E. Hill reported yesterday that Austin replaced Crayton as a member of the first team offense during practice on Monday, joining Roy Williams, who returned for the first time since suffering a rib injury against Denver.
Patrick Crayton confirmed the move, according to the report, but coaches (predictably) wouldn't go so far.
"Right now, we are going through practice. We have to make that decision when it comes," said receivers coach Ray Sherman. "It’s good to see that he had a great game, but now we got to forget about that and get ready for this one. He has to keep that up."
It seems now that an official confirmation from on high is only a matter of time.