HATED HAMSTRING HEX: Miles Austin using different routine to stay injury-free

ARLINGTON – Miles Austin just can’t seem to overcome the hamstring issues that have bothered him throughout his six-year career with the Dallas Cowboys.

Dallas Cowboys WR Miles Austin catches the ball during warms up before the start of the Home Run Derby Competition - The Boys Are Back blog 2013

Austin, who has missed time each of the last two seasons because of hamstring injuries, was asked on Wednesday about his offseason work to prevent future setbacks.

“I’m definitely strengthening my hamstrings a lot more than I have been, doing a different routine, a couple of extra exercises each day on our leg days,” Austin said during a charity home run derby at Rangers Ballpark. “I’m just running hard and trying to compete at a high level at this time, that way it doesn’t shock your muscles when you actually do it for real.”

In August, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett suggested that Austin could be a victim of just working really hard. But how do you tell a player who went from undrafted rookie free agent to two-time Pro Bowler to ease up?

“I got to train as well as I can beforehand,” Austin said, “but I can’t not be the player that I am and practice hard or do those things.”

The 28-year-old, who finished with 66 receptions for 943 yards and six touchdowns last season, said he is currently working with Cowboys trainers on his running and lifting.

“I’m doing everything,” Austin said.

2 responses

  1. Im glad we drafted a replacement candidate. I know he had stellar numbers for being injured AGAIN…but that again keeps happening every year. Im sure this year will be no different. I want a solid player without lingering troubles. Too much to ask for?

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    1. Not too much to ask for! The conditioning program has changed since the CBA … much less rigorousness, and the intervals of training are reduced. We saw the negative side of that last season. The positive could be prolonged careers. We’ll see. The jury is still out. If the players work more on their own (with a targeted regimen) during the offseason, we’ll see an improvement during the season. That sounds like what he’s doing, now.

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