Miles Austin Injury: Updates on Cowboys WR's Ankle

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistDecember 30, 2012

Dec 2, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys  wide receiver Miles Austin (19) runs for a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles during the game at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Eagles 38-33. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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Miles Austin suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter of the Dallas Cowboys' Sunday night game versus the Washington Redskins.


UPDATE: Sunday, December 30 at 10:02 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

Good news for Cowboys fans, as Austin has returned to field (via Nick Eatman of and appears to have avoided any serious injury:

Miles Austin is back on the field

— Nick Eatman (@nickeatman) December 31, 2012

 ---End of update---


The Redskins had the news via Twitter:

Cowboys WR Miles Austin is QUESTIONABLE to return to action. #HTTR

— Redskins (@Redskins) December 31, 2012

Austin didn't have a catch before leaving the game, partially because of Tony Romo's struggles overall.

This injury may not matter in the long run, but it certainly impacts the Cowboys offense in the short term. He's the team's best option other than Dez Bryant, even if he lacks explosiveness in the open field at times.

Coming into the game, Austin had 66 catches for 943 yards and six touchdowns. He provided a perfect complement to Bryant's raw athleticism on the other side of the field, giving Romo a versatile receiving corps to work with.

If Austin cannot return, Kevin Ogletree, Dwayne Harris and Anthony Armstrong will have to step up. Ogletree has proven his ability already this season, but the other two targets would have to improve their play in order to cover for Austin.

The Cowboys may not make the playoffs, so this injury could be irrelevant past Sunday night's game, but it's still not something you want to see if you're a Cowboys fan. 

Dallas will need him if it advances into the wild-card round of the NFL playoffs. He's a trusted target, and he doesn't bring some of Bryant's inconsistencies to the table. It's important to surround Romo with people that he can trust—and losing Austin wouldn't help that situation.

This could just be a scare, but it's worth paying attention to.

Stay tuned for updates.