Dallas Cowboys receiver Tavon Austin is getting a second opinion on an injured groin that is expected to keep him out of the lineup for some time, per coach Jason Garrett.
Austin has already been ruled out Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins. He suffered the injury in the third quarter of last Sunday’s 40-7 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Owner Jerry Jones has compared the injury to the one former Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne had during the 2016 season which had him sidelined for nine games.
With receiver Noah Brown ready to come back from injured reserve after being out since the start of the season with a hamstring injury, might Austin be placed on injured reserve to open up a spot for Brown?
Garrett said the Cowboys are not there yet with Austin. They are waiting for the results of the second opinion and then will make a determination from there.
“We are taking it day by day,” Garrett said. “I know he is going to get a second opinion in the next day or so and see where it is medically before making any determination like that.”
As of now, receiver Cole Beasley will replace him on punt returns and Brice Butler will move up as the fifth receiver on game day.
The Cowboys will be challenged to fill his unique role in the offense as a runner and receiver. Austin, acquired in a draft-day trade from the Los Angeles Rams, has seven catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns to go along with six carries for 55 yards this season.
“Tavon has had a big impact on our team,” Garrett said. “He does have a unique skill set. He is quick. He is explosive. He does a lot of positive things when the ball is in his hands. We do feel like we have some other guys who can do similar things. We will try to find what they do best. And try to give those guys an opportunity to do that.”