Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys injured linebacker Sean Lee (50) on the bench during the game against the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium. The Saints beat the Cowboys 34-31 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys Chances For Success Slim Without Injured Linebacker Sean Lee

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.

Aug 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys inside linebacker Sean Lee (50) on the sidelines during the game against the Houston Texans at AT

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.”

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  • SmartThinking

    The Cowboys’ chances for success ‘with’ Lee aren’t much better, if at all. The Dallas defense got out-played at every position last night. Lee’s presence or absence wouldn’t have altered the outcome of that mess one bit. I suppose, if you want to make the argument, this team’s chances for success are slim without Brian Waters. How about Spencer? Ratliff? Hatcher? Claiborne? Injuries are a part of this game. If this team were built better, with better draft choices and better back-up players, the defense might possibly have had a chance. But not likely with the defensive scheme Kiffin employed against the Saints. His defense isn’t working on this team, even with the first team players in place. Carr, Church, Carter are first teamers and they gave up everything but their pants last night. This team is broken. The offensive scheme in place by Callahan is a lopsided mess. Kiffin’s defensive scheme is worse, nearly indescribable. The apologists will call it injuries, lack of talent, poor play or whatever other excuses they can insert in place to keep from facing reality. The entire coaching staff of this team needs to have their value assessed by someone who knows coaching. That’s why we need a real, legitimate General Manager to set the tone and mete out the measures necessary to make a team run right. Look for Garrett’s replacement either before the season’s end or immediately after. Probably after Chicago. This team needs a strong disciplinarian and task master … like Gruden, Lovie Smith or any one of a dozen other firm coaches out there. This season’s not over. But the time to turn this mess around in Dallas is now very, very short.