The Dallas Cowboys suffered a devastating loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night. The 49-17 blowout was made even worse when linebacker Sean Lee left the one-sided matchup early in the second quarter with a left hamstring injury. Lee was unable to return to the game and the Cowboys defense suffered for it. Without their defensive leader, the Dallas no-name “D” allowed the Saints offense to put up 634 total yards on them, a Cowboys franchise record.
A dejected and somber Lee tried to be as positive as he possibly could while speaking to the media after the game.
“Obviously, it’s not good. So, we gotta figure it out. I’m going to do whatever I can to rehab and be back as fast as possible.”
Unfortunately, the Cowboys second round pick in 2010 is no stranger to injury. While at Penn State, Lee suffered ACL injury to his right knee that required he take a medical redshirt in 2008. Various injuries during his rookie season stunted his growth early on in Dallas. And last year, Lee played in just six games as a big toe injury ended his season prematurely. This latest injury does not appear to be as severe, but Lee knows he has something to prove…and he needs to be on the field to do so.
“I’ve had hamstrings before. I’ve come back from them. It’s one of those deals that’s obviously extremely frustrating. For me, not being out there, I feel I’m letting people down. Letting my teammates down. Letting the team down. I have to find a way, I’ve talked about this before, to stay on this football field. So the only positive, from a personal stand point is I’ll be back from this. I’ll be healthy at some point, pretty quick.”
Lee is on pace to have a Pro Bowl caliber year. The fourth-year veteran was the NFL leader in tackles (90) and interceptions (4) going into Sunday’s game against the Saints. Luckily, the Cowboys are on bye next week, giving Lee nearly two full weeks to try and recover in time to travel to New York to face the Giants on November 24th. Then the Cowboys turnaround and play a mere four days later on Thanksgiving Day against the Oakland Raiders. At this point, it is unknown how many games Lee will miss due to his hamstring injury. He just knows he will be back.
“I don’t want to miss any games. I want to be out there as much as I can. But I try to do everything off the field to control it. It’s one of those deals where you have to find a way now to overcome it and come back. That’s the only positive. That I will be able to come back.”