The mothership is reporting that Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee is unlikely to play this week. He dislocated his wrist when he banged it on Vick’s helmet last Sunday. Josh Ellis summarized the situation as follows:
As of the middle of this week, Lee is still experiencing swelling, which must go down before he can be fitted with a cast to help promote his recovery, or possibly protect the wrist if he is able to play while it heals.
He also explained the extent of the damage to the ligaments is still unknown. He speculated that if Lee required surgery to repair the damage, he could be out for 2 months.
Click on the link to read about what Lee’s injury means to the Cowboys.
This injury could be devastating to the defense. Sean Lee is playing at an All-Pro level. You could argue that he is the MVP of the defense (of course, you could make an equally persuasive argument that the MVP is Ware). Sean Lee is the QB of the defense: he has the microphone and listening device that allow him to talk to Rob Ryan between plays, so he makes all of the calls for the defense. It is his job to make sure that everyone on the defense knows that they are expected to do.
The good news is that Bradie James has played the QB of the defense role for years, so he is capable of doing it again. The bad news is that Lee’s injury will necessitate that both James and Brooking play more snaps than either have played all year. This is a huge overall downgrade for the defense. Neither James or Brooking is as good as Lee. Brooking hasn’t looked great so far this year even in limited playing time in specially designed packages. Brooking and James are a bit long in the tooth, so staying fresh in the second-half is going to be a real challenge.
Some potentially good news is that the injury may open the door for rookie LB Bruce Carter to show what he can do.
It will be interesting to see how Rob Ryan tries to compensate for the loss of Sean Lee now that he has had all week to plan for it.