Pondering the 46: Austin a luxury again?

IRVING, Texas – Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said earlier in the week that he was able to bring receiver Miles Austin to last week’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles almost as a luxury because of injuries elsewhere on the roster.

The Cowboys might have that option again Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

J.J. Wilcox’s injured knee, however, forced the Cowboys to call up safety Jakar Hamilton from the practice squad, which would be a way to keep Austin on the sideline.

As much as the Cowboys keep hope alive for DeMarcus Ware, I’d look for him to miss his second straight game because of a quadriceps strain. DeVonte Holloman will miss his second straight game because of a neck injury. With David Arkin cut Saturday, the Cowboys only have to de-activate Phil Costa and Darrion Weems. The Cowboys dressed Costa last week but he did not play a snap.

Tight end Andre Smith was active last week for the first time this season but played only two snaps against the Eagles. Just out of numbers, he could be active again.

The guess at the inactives: Ware, Costa, Weems, Wilcox, Holloman, Smith and Austin.