Mac Engel

This Dallas Cowboys playmaker was held out of practice with concussion-like symptoms

The Dallas Cowboys came out of their Week 1 win over the New York Giants “clean,” save for one.

Veteran returner/receiver Tavon Austin complained after the game of having headaches, and is currently being treated for “concussion” like symptoms. Along with veteran defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford (hip), both players were held out of practice on Wednesday.

In the win against the Giants, Austin caught one pass for eight yards. He had no returns.

Garrett said Austin suffered the injury on a block during the game against the Giants. Typically, this sort of thing injury could take another day or two.

With Austin, any injury is not a surprise. He has dealt with various ailments since he left the University of West Virginia and was a first round pick of the St. Louis Rams in 2013.

Last season, his first with the Cowboys, Austin was limited to seven games. The fact that he is 29 and with six NFL injury-prone seasons on his resume made him a bit vulnerable to being released during the offseason.

The Cowboys like Austin as a returner and slot/gadget player, so he stuck. He caught eight passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns last year. He also had six carries for 55 yards.

Austin is a dangerous player in space, but he just struggles to remain healthy.

This particular injury will likely not keep him out of the Week 2 game on Sunday against the Redskins in Washington, but it’s not exactly a great way to start the season.

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Mac Engel is an award-winning columnist who has extensive experience covering Fort Worth-Dallas area sports for 20 years. He has covered high schools, colleges, all four major sports teams as well as Olympic games and the world of entertainment, too. He combines dry wit with first-person reporting to complement a head of hair that is almost unfair.
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