Tavon Austin injury update: Cowboys WR to miss several weeks with groin issues, won't have surgery

Cowboys wide receiver Tavon Austin will not have surgery to repair a groin injury, but he is expected to miss at least a few weeks, according to SportsDay.

The Cowboys are hopeful Austin will be able to return sooner if he recovers through rehab instead of undergoing surgery.

Dallas has spent this week distributing Austin’s role and the team is confident they will have other players who can step up in his absence, though offensive coordinator Scott Linehan did not want to reveal who those players will be until Sunday.

“We’ll miss him,” Linehan said Thursday. “He has that effect of being in the game and people knowing the speed factor of his explosive plays in his career. We’re kind of spreading it around a little bit.”

The 27-year-old wideout was injured in the third quarter of last week’s win against Jacksonville. Owner Jerry Jones said the injury was similar to the one that forced Morris Claiborne to miss nine games in 2016, the Star-Telegram notes.

Austin has caught seven passes for 130 yards through six games this season.