The consensus was the lockout, which wiped out the entire offseason last year, didn’t have a major effect on the play in the NFL.
The vast majority of players reported to training camp in good shape, so it wasn’t an issue when it came to games in September. One notable exception, and there were a few, was Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin. He battled hamstring issues for much of the season, just one of the issues that plagued the team.
Austin admits as much now, saying he wasn’t prepared.
“Right now I’m working with the trainers at our facility,” Austin said during a promotional appearance at in San Antonio, according to the Dallas Morning News. “I feel like last year I wasn’t prepared for the season the way I should’ve been condition-wise, even though I looked and felt it at the time. That’s one thing that I have to keep an eye on. To make sure I’m in the best physical shape I can be.”
Austin had a hamstring injury in training camp, returned and re-injured it in Week 2. He missed two games and returned to play in four more before another hamstring injury sidelined him for four more games.
Austin said the injuries are not an “issue” now. With a full offseason, he should be better prepared this time around.
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