The 29-year-old Austin suffered a strained hamstring against the Rams in Week 3 and is still battling the injury.
Sitting atop the NFC East at 4-3, the Cowboys feature the league’s third preeminent attack.
Conversely, Detroit’s defense is struggling and currently ranks 21st overall.
Hence, Dallas’ success this weekend won’t hinge on Austin’s gimpy wheel.
However, the Cowboys will need a healthy Austin to advance deep into the playoffs.
A two-time Pro Bowl selection who led the NFC in receiving yards in 2009, the 6-foot-2, 216 pound Austin is strong, powerful, able to break tackles and fearless going across the middle.
As another explosive option for Tony Romo, the Cowboys should shelve Miles Austin until he’s completely healthy.by