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Austin (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against Dallas.

Austin made just one practice appearance this week, and that was merely a limited showing Friday. He was expected to miss around two weeks all along, so the general expectation here is that he will sit Sunday.

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Austin (knee) has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL and is expected to be sidelined for roughly two weeks, NFL.com reports.

Austin twisted his knee during the first quarter of Sunday's game and did not return following the incident. With Monday's MRI revealing a sprained MCL, Austin figures to be out a couple weeks. However, considering the Rams' Week 4 bye, fantasy owners may fortunately only be without Austin for next week's game versus the Cowboys. Nonetheless, while Austin is sidelined, Austin Pettis should move up St. Louis' depth chart at wide receiver.

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Austin has an MRI on his knee on tap, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The report notes that Austin was hoping to return to Sunday's game against the Bucs, but his knee stiffened up before he could. More on the wideout's status once the results of his MRI are revealed.

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Austin (knee) will not return to Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, according to FOX's broadcast of the contest.

Initially deemed questionable to return, Austin was ruled out for the day just as the game resumed from a lightning break. His absence leaves Austin Pettis as the likely No. 3 receiver. The injury didn't look good, as Austin got his knee stuck under him while being hit on an incompletion.

Tavon Austin WR STL 5 Days

Austin (knee) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Bucs, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

This can be taken as good news for Austin's fantasy owners, as the injury had the look of a potentially serious issue. With the game delayed by lightning, Austin's odds to return get a bit of a boost.

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Austin left Sunday's game against the Bucs in the first quarter with an apparent right knee injury.

Austin's knee twisted awkwardly under his body after he took a hard hit near the head. It looked like a pretty serious injury, but the team has yet to provide an update, and the game was delayed by lightning shortly after Austin left. Should Austrin fail to return, there could be some added opportunities for Austin Pettis, and perhaps even Chris Givens. Austin had no catches on just the one target at the time of his exit.

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Austin had three catches on three targets for 34 receiving yards and three carries for five rushing yards Sunday against the Vikings.

The Rams were dominated throughout the game and lost quarterback Shaun Hill at halftime due to a quad strain, but they couldn't find enough ways to get Austin with the ball in space where he's the most dangerous. Austin also fumbled twice, although he was able to recover both of them. His fantasy value is highly-dependent on whoever is under center for the Rams, and if Hill is unable to play in Week 2, that duty falls to rookie Austin Davis, who had 192 passing yards Sunday.

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Austin caught a pair of throws for 20 yards Saturday as the Rams fell to the Packers 21-7.

Austin is looking to make a big jump his second year, as he is expected to shoulder a big receiving load. He will also get an occasional look out of the backfield, but his inconsistency last year brings up some fantasy red flags.

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Tavon Austin acknowledged he struggled to learn the Rams' playbook as a rookie.

It's worth noting Austin scored a 7 on his 2013 Wonderlic test. "I didn't really know what was going on," he said. "Everything looked like Spanish and sounded like Spanish to me." Entering his second season, Austin now claims to have OC Brian Schottenheimer's system down pat. He's expected to be a sub-package weapon, playing limited snaps. Austin is a long shot for steady WR3 value.

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OC Brian Schottenheimer said he'll be moving Tavon Austin around to "a lot of different spots" this season.

"You'll see us hand him the ball, do some different things," Schotty said. "He's playing so much faster just because he knows what we're doing. He has the system down cold." Austin never found a real role as a rookie thanks to dropped passes and an inability to shake loose in small spaces. We wouldn't rule out the light flipping on in Year 2, but last year's tape was so horrifying that we're skeptical. Schottenheimer failed to scheme Austin successfully last year.