Cowboys need to keep Miles Austin healthy

INDIANAPOLIS – Hamstring injuries have prevented Miles Austin from being Miles Austin for the last two seasons, and as a result the Cowboys are looking at ways to keep the wide receiver healthy in 2013.

“We’ve had a lot of discussions about Miles," coach Jason Garrett said, "and it’s a very comprehensive discussion.”

Garrett reiterated Friday what he said during the season about hydration being a big part of injury prevention, and he added that the coaches need to protect Austin from himself during the week.

Austin was limited to 10 games in 2011 but played in every game in 2012 after sitting out four preseason games with a hamstring strain. He caught 66 passes for 943 yards and was second to Dez Bryant with six touchdown catches, but he had only two 100-yard games on the season.

Austin is scheduled to count $8.3 million against the cap in 2013, and his future has been speculated about outside of the organization this offseason.

“We certainly feel great about Miles, and the only issue we’ve had with Miles is simply health,” Garrett said. “I was really proud of him last year because he wasn’t healthy and he wasn’t healthy the whole year. I saw a really good burst from him maybe about twice and he still caught 66 or so balls and was a productive player; did it a little different than we’ve seen him, but was productive. It’s really important we get him healthy and get him going like he’s capable of.”