Dallas Cowboys OTA Update: No Happi-Lee Ever After In 2014

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Dec 16, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys injured linebacker Sean Lee on the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Groundhog day. Or rather, groundhog defense. Another day, another major injury to a Dallas Cowboys’ player. Half of me is shocked. The other half just slapped that half for acting as if this is an abnormal occurrence. He’s right. This is par for the course at Valley Ranch.

Earlier yesterday, middle linebacker Sean Lee went down with a knee injury after attacking a sweep play to his side and engaging with newly drafted offensive lineman, Zack Martin. During the contact, Lee’s left knee buckled and Martin subsequently fell on the downed linebacker. It appeared early on that something serious had occurred as Lee was helped off of the field by others.

OL  Zack Martin gave his take on what happened to DallasCowboys.com:

“I don’t really know what happened there,” Martin told DallasCowboys.com. “It was just a football play and we were both going full speed. I really don’t know.”

Consider the nature of the injury, the history of Lee, and the fact the knee in question is also the one injured severely in his 2008 playing days at Penn State. Yes, the concern was swift and profound. To fear the worst was an understatement. The panic that occurred in the blogosphere and social media outlets said it all. It was a collective, “are you serious???”.

Serious as a heart attack, people. Or rather, a torn anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus which is exactly what Lee’s MRI that was scheduled for yesterday at 4:45pm CST showed. Sean Lee is officially done for the season. Again, this is the same knee that was injured in his collegiate days. I’m not sure how this could get much worse.

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Tags: Anthony Hitchens Bruce Carter Dallas Cowboys DeVonte Holloman Dontavis Sapp Jason Garrett Justin Durant Rod Marinelli Sean Lee Will Smith

  • Matty ice

    I’d rather take the cap hit instead of seeing him in a ball cap and shorts every season man it really sucks but they must move on that’s why we went for depth in the draft because I’m sure more will follow so we will move on they need to get a vet though so he can help the young hitchens out..

  • SmartThinking

    Nobody who’s followed this kid doubts his veracity on the field. But, as fans, we’ve suffered through two and a half seasons of watching Lee get blown up one way or another, again and again it seems. And every time he’s gone down the defense has turned out worse.

    The first and second times, we might have raised our eyebrows and chalked it up to “bloody bad luck.” But, this time, it’s different. This defensive team is going to have to make or break itself without Lee. No more excuses from the players, coaches or fans.

    And the coaches must find someone out there who can come in and play the position. If McClay is such a genius at finding talent, his powers are needed now for this team more than ever.

    Can someone replace Lee in mind and body? Sure. Can they come in this late and do it? I sure hope so. Or all our worst fears for this season will come true again … for the fourth season in a row.

    • David

      Losing Lee is definately a big blow. I hope they can find a solid vet sometime over the summer as insurance for their young guys. I am tired of hearing about “injury prone” labels. I dont care what LB in the NFL is at the Mike in the same position as Lee was. The result would have been the same. Injuries are part of the game. Lee plays at 100% all of the time and thats all you can ask for.

  • Dc4L

    Devonte Holloman,looks to have good covarege n playmaking ability,I pray

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    I feel for Lee not being able to play again. However, if it had to happen it may be a blessing that it happened early so the Cowboys will have more time to develop another player. I believe Lee will most likely never play again for the Cowboys. Dallas took a chance to him to begin with and it just didn’t work out. Time to move on.

  • Greg Hill

    When will the cowboys stop over investing in players with injury issues. 16 million bucks guaranteed contract on a player with knee issues in college and now he gets hurt again? Imagine that! I don’t feel sorry for Lee because he just won the lottery.