IRVING, Texas -- If the Dallas Cowboys have a need for game-day roster flexibility, they could rest wide receiver Miles Austin, who has not had a catch in his two games since returning from a hamstring injury.
Austin suffered the injury in the third quarter of Dallas' Sept. 22 win against the St. Louis Rams and did not play against the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos. He has been targeted seven times in the past two games without a catch.
Austin did not practice Thursday or Friday because the Cowboys attempted to keep him fresh for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Austin played in 37 of 77 snaps against the Eagles.
“We had a lot of injuries prior to the ballgame that allowed us to dress Miles regardless,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He warmed up well so we gave him a chance to play in the ballgame. I thought he did fine. He’s not quite himself. He really had a good start to the season, had some good explosiveness and quickness to him, and was productive for us. Then he tweaked his hamstring a couple of weeks ago and hasn’t been the same. We’ve got to make sure we get him healthy, and hopefully we can do that and have some other guys play for him until he’s ready to really roll.”
• Defensive end DeMarcus Ware did some running on Monday for the first time since straining his quadriceps against the Redskins on Oct. 13. He said he felt better as last week went on, but was never going to play against the Eagles.
Garrett said the hope is that Ware will be able to practice some this week and possibly play Sunday against the Detroit Lions.
• Running back DeMarco Murray is in the same boat with the sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Joseph Randle took over Murray’s duties and had 65 yards on 19 carries and caught three passes for 28 yards. Garrett said Lance Dunbar, who missed the last two games with a hamstring injury, should practice and be available this week against the Lions.
“DeMarco is our starter and has been our starter and will be our starter,” Garrett said. “He's played well for us, but we’ve got to get him healthy. We’ll see how he does the next few days. ... We’ll just kind of see what the health is and what the availability is as we go forward to figure out the rotation plan.”