Miles Austin gets Dallas Cowboys offseason protection


Miles Austin and his hamstrings need to get on better terms.

Austin's legs haven't been right for two seasons, leading the Dallas Cowboys to take measures to keep the veteran wide receiver healthy in 2013.

Austin was given a day off during last week's mandatory minicamp. He also sat out some earlier organized team activities. He's spent the offseason working on new ways to strengthen his legs.

"It's one of those things where, you can't not do it and then do it and tell the difference," he said last week at Valley Ranch, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "But I feel good now."

Austin established himself as a star during the 2009 and 2010 seasons, averaging 75 catches for 1,181 yards and nine touchdowns. His production has slumped in the years since. He played in 16 games in 2012, but he was slowed by leg and hip issues. A nasty hamstring pull cost him six games in 2011.

Dez Bryant's emergence as a star gives the Cowboys a potentially scary 1-2 combo at wide receiver if Austin can regain past form. With Austin not yet over the hill, it's certainly possible.

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