Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Miles Austin Stays Healthy, 53-Man Roster Projection, More

Thearon W. Henderson

Latest Dallas Cowboys headlines: Miles Austin's hammies are in good shape after time-outs during OTAs, ESPNDallas has a 53-man roster projection up, and Dan Bailey is as automatic as ever.

Miles Austin says Cowboys' plan to rest him here and there in OTAs helped - Carlos Mendez, Star Telegram
Save the hammy, save the world: The Cowboys were extra cautious with Austin in the offseason workouts, getting him off the field every now and then to keep him from overworking his hamstrings. So far, it's worked.

Post minicamp look at 53-man roster - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Archer takes a stab at the 53-man roster. No big surprises here, as this is probably the consensus roster at this point - but that's bound to change once training camp gets under way.

The most important 5 weeks for Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant - Dan Graziano, ESPN NFC East blog
The five weeks Graziano talks about is the time between the end of OTAs and the start of training camp, when Bryant is away from the team and on his own. Graziano argues that the best thing that could happen would be complete radio silence from Bryant over that period:

"The next five weeks are the next big test of whether Bryant has turned a corner in his off-field life and can continue to look with optimism at a blindingly bright football future. The key is to make sure his name stays out of the news. And while no one can predict whether he can pull it off, at this point it wouldn't be fair to be surprised if he did."

Ratliff Not Worried About 4-3 Switch - Nick Eatman, DallasCowboys.com
Ratliff isn't worried by the move to the 4-3:

"At the end of the day, it’s football," Ratliff said. "We’ve played the 3-4 all these years but we had a nickel package. This adjustment shouldn’t be a problem. It’s not that much of a difference."

Dan Bailey as automatic as ever - ESPN Dallas
Remember how we used to painstakingly track every single field goal attempt during OTAs and camp? Yeah, those were the days.

Raiders vs Cowboys At-A-Glance - Raiders.com
The OTAs have barely finished and the Raiders are already previewing their season opponents, starting with the Cowboys, as the two teams will meet twice this season, once in preseason and once on Thanksgiving. Trivia question: Can you name the four former Cowboys now on the Raiders' roster without looking up the article?

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