Sean Lee’s Surgery And The Cowboys Free Agency Options

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October 20, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Sean Lee (50) during second half action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Pittenger-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboy linebacker Sean Lee injured his on May 27thduring OTA’s at the Dallas Cowboys practice facility at Valley Ranch in Irving, Texas.  Lee was blocked down by rookie Zach Martin when his knee planted down hard to the ground, thus ending his season before it was even started.

Lee is expected to have surgery on Thursday, June 12thto repair his ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) and then begin the lengthy healing process, which takes about six to nine months to recover from.  Dallas hasn’t made any moves in regards to his roster spot and there are a few possibilities for the oft-injured linebacker.  One move that is most likely is to put him on the injured reserve and sit him out for the entire 2014 season.

Either way, the writing is on the wall and rushing Lee’s recovery is something that the coaching staff does not want to do.
The other move could be to place him on the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) List.  That would hold him out until Week Seven.  Seeing how this is June, he wouldn’t be able to play officially by the healing timeline until February so puts him on the PUP List wouldn’t make much sense.  The IR list is the Cowboys best move so they could sign a free agent to aid in the loss of the Pro Bowl-caliber player.

Head coach Jason Garrett doesn’t want to make a rash move to make sure that things are done right.

“I just think we want to go in there and do the surgery, get it done right,” as stated on  He continued to say, “Typically, the doctors will give you a timetable, and you see what’s reasonable and you make your best roster move.”

As far as free agency options, Sports Illustrated shared a few of their ideas. In the next few pages, I’ll cover each of their options and give my opinion as well.

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