The Dallas Cowboys’ practice on Wednesday looked more like a “Who’s Not” than a “Who’s Who” of players. Four of the Boys’ starters did not participate in today’s practice session. But one of them was not second year linebacker phenom Sean Lee.
Lee wore a protective hard cast over his entire left hand and wrist this morning, but he did participate in the full-pads session on a limited basis. When asked about playing with the cast on his hand for the first time today, this is what Lee had to say:
“It was more uncomfortable at first. But when I got playing I got used to it pretty quickly. And the hand didn’t hurt at all. So it felt very good…I think it’s definitely something I can play with. The more and more I get used to it, the better I get with it. It’s going to take time to adapt a little bit. But I was pleasantly surprised how I didn’t feel uncomfortable.”
Lee’s biggest concerns are shedding blockers and tackling with the cast since it will be capped at first. But he plans on adapting his style to find a way to still be effective on the field. He did admit that his ability to intercept the ball will be limited as he was only able to trap and catch soft passes.
Lee’s return has a positive impact on a team struggling with four injured starters. CB Mike Jenkins and WR Miles Austin both missed today’s practice with hamstring injuries. RB Felix Jones is still struggling with a high ankle sprain after four weeks. And G Kyle Kosier is sitting the sidelines with a foot injury he received two weeks ago. None of the four are expected to play on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.