Cowboys Lose Sean Lee to ACL Tear
The Dallas Cowboys felt that if they could stay healthy and add some key pieces, that terrible defense they had a year ago could potentially turn into a quality one. The former is already becoming a major problem.
According to reports, inside linebacker Sean Lee has suffered a torn ACL and is fully expected to miss the entire 2014 NFL season. Lee was injured in a non contact drill, where he apparently did engage, to a degree, with rookie offensive lineman Zack Martin. Lee crumpled to the ground in pain and needed the help of two trainers to leave the field.
The loss is potentially catastrophic for the Dallas defense that was abysmal even with a healthy and effective Lee at times in 2013. However, they still needed their best linebacker to have a chance to improve on a disastrous season.
An athletic inside presence with good range and instincts, Lee provided a spark with energy and play-making ability when on the field. Lee was all over the field last season, racking up an unbelievable 99 tackles in just 11 starts, missing five games due to injury. Lee continued his stellar play-making ability elsewhere, as well, picking off four passes and recovering a fumble.
This is far from Lee’s first brush with injury, as the Cowboys star has missed 15 games the past two seasons and missed three in his first two seasons.
Injuries aside, Lee will only be 28 years old in July and with the injury happening so early in the off-season, he is set up to make a complete return for the 2015 NFL season.
While it will be encouraging to know a healthy Lee will be back a year from now, that unfortunately doesn’t take care of the issue at hand: what Dallas does on the inside in the interim.
For now it appears fourth round rookie linebacker Anthony Hitchens has a shot at locking down the starting gig, although whispers have already flown around that Dallas could consider bringing on a retired veteran like Brian Urlacher or London Fletcher.
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