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Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said Tuesday morning that Austin, the team’s No. 2 receiver, should return for Sunday’s NFC East clash against the New York Giants.
Austin has missed the last three games with hamstring issues. He has missed five games this season because of his hamstrings and hasn’t made a catch since Sept. 22 against the St. Louis Rams.
After suffering a hamstring injury against the Rams, Austin missed the next two games before returning against the Washington Redskins on Oct. 13, when he failed to make a catch. He played the next week at Philadelphia and didn’t finish the game due to his health.
The Cowboys elected to shut down Austin until he was completely healthy, and it appears that he is.
“He’s had a good practice out there on Monday,” Jones said on his Dallas-based radio show on KRLD-FM. “I think he was actually ready to go against New Orleans [Nov. 10], and he probably could have gone earlier.
“But we really wanted to be conservative on that to the end. That it works this way, to have him for these next six ballgames [is good]. I’m really, probably getting ahead of myself because of the history we’ve had there with him with his hamstrings. To have him back out there, he’s our best route runner. He’ll make a difference in what we’re doing offensively.”
Jones was optimistic regarding middle linebacker Sean Lee‘s health on Tuesday, as well. Lee is expected to miss three or four weeks with a pulled hamstring.
But Jones said Lee, who leads the team with 93 tackles, is a super hero.
“Sean is Superman, and I mean it,” Jones said. “I remember back before the draft, ESPN did a special on him and I think members of his team called him God.
“But he has such a will if anybody can come back sooner than what you oughta be coming back from he can do it. He’s rehabbing at the most intense level you can. If anybody can get back here in a couple of weeks, he can do it.”
Jones also said coach Jason Garrett isn’t doing anything extra with his involvement in the offense.
On Monday, Garrett was seen holding a play sheet during an individual passing drill. It’s something that wasn’t noticeable for previous practices open to the media.
Garrett said offensive coordinator Bill Callahan is still calling the plays and dismissed holding the play sheet as a big deal.
“I’ve seen him out there with sheets all year long,” Jones said. “The answer would be he hasn’t changed what he’s doing at all, as far as what this season is concerned. And certainly Bill Callahan will be calling the plays as the offensive coordinator.”