Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin is poised to play and start in the team's Week 6 game against the Washington Redskins. Reports came out Friday that Austin would be active and playing in the game despite the hamstring injury he's dealing with.
Austin sustained the injury in Week 3 and missed the past two games. Given that he has had extensive hamstring issues in the past, there was some worry he could miss even more time. But he made progress this week, practicing on all three days.
Now the biggest concern is whether or not he can keep his starting job opposite Dez Bryant. Austin has just 15 receptions for 125 yards and no touchdowns, and rookie Terrance Williams has managed 16 receptions for 282 yards and a touchdown.
Fantasy Impact: This could wind up being a make-or-break game for Austin. He's not going to lose his job outright, but if he doesn't have a decent game and Williams impresses again, Austin could give up significant snaps to the rookie going forward. He'd still be the No. 3 receiver if Williams overtook him, but his fantasy value is already going down. He seems like a good play this week, but only as a WR3.