Of the many frustrations the Cowboys had to deal with during the 2011 season, the health of Miles Austin was near the top of the list. Austin missed six games with a hamstring injury that he suffered before the season began and was hampered by all year long. In a recent Q&A on MensHealth.com, the Cowboys star receiver admitted he was not physically prepared for the 2011 season.
“Right now I’m working with the trainers at our facility,” Austin said according to the Dallas Morning News. “I feel like last year I wasn’t prepared for the season the way I should’ve been condition-wise, even though I looked and felt it at the time. That’s one thing that I have to keep an eye on. To make sure I’m in the best physical shape I can be.”
Tony Romo will be happy to hear that Miles said his hamstring “feels good” and is no longer an issue. He is not the first player to admit he was under-prepared heading into the 2011 season, and you have to wonder if the lockout contributed to that. If you remember, Chris Cooley blamed his season-ending injury on the lockout and Dan Williams of the Cardinals said he was not in good condition because of it.
If the Cowboys want to ditch the monkey that has been on their back for over a decade, they will need a healthy Austin. If he and Bryant can stay on the field in 2012, Dallas should have one of the best receiving corps in the league.
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