There's no question that Miles Austin is the Dallas Cowboys' most reliable, trusted wide receiver. While the talent column might get credited to Dez Bryant, nothing else is at this point in his career, anyway.
So when Austin goes down to injury, which has happened all too often this season, the Cowboys offense is bound to struggle.
Austin injured his hamstring for the third time this season in Sunday's win over the Seattle Seahawks and is set to miss 2-4 weeks, which would come off the heels of the three weeks he missed earlier this season, including the Cowboys' bye week.
But this time around, things might not be all that bad.
Enter Laurent Robinson.
Robinson has registered five catches in each of the past two games, including his 103-yard performance in the Cowboys' debacle against the Philadelphia Eagles. That was his second 100-yard game of the season with the first coming in the Cowboys' crushing loss to the Detroit Lions, a game Austin missed with injury.
That showed Robinson can produce when he's in the spotlight, and not as the No. 3 receiver like he was against Philadelphia. Tony Romo clearly has some kind of chemistry with Robinson already and likes to throw him the ball.
Add to the fact that, if utitlized, the Cowboys seem to have found a pretty dang good running game to complement Romo and the passing attack, and that will only help Robinson excel.
The Cowboys are hoping Austin's time out is closer to the two weeks, but common sense might say it'll be more like the four. For the Cowboys to stay in the playoff hunt, Robinson is going to have to pick up quite a bit of slack because you get the feeling Bryant won't.