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Sean Lee | Linebacker

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (28) / 7/22/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 234
College: Penn State
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The Cowboys plan to move Sean Lee to weak-side linebacker in 2015.
On injured reserve with a torn left ACL, Lee is expected to be ready for training camp next summer. He will play "Will 'backer" in Rod Marinelli's defense after spending his first four seasons in the middle. The Cowboys will hope Rolando McClain continues to solidify himself as a legitimate starting Mike 'backer. Oct 31 - 3:09 PM

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Cowboys placed MLB Sean Lee on injured reserve with a torn left ACL, ending his season.

Any hopes of a late-season return are officially kaput. Lee tore the ACL during a May 27 OTA and underwent surgery on June 12, getting slapped with a 8-12 month recovery timetable. In a best-case scenario, the heart and soul of Dallas' beleaguered defense will be a full-go for 2015 training camp. The oft-injured 27-year-old signed a seven-year, $42.6 million contract in August of 2013.
Jul 1 - 4:54 PM

Cowboys MLB Sean Lee underwent surgery on his torn left ACL Thursday.

Doctors also repaired a "small meniscus tear." According to coach Jason Garrett, the Cowboys have yet to decide if Lee will begin training camp on injured reserve or the active/PUP list. Either way, Lee is facing long odds of making a Melvin Ingram-esque return late this season.
Jun 12 - 2:05 PM

Coach Jason Garrett revealed MLB Sean Lee (knee) will undergo surgery to repair his torn ACL on Thursday.

Some are holding out hope Lee can make a Melvin Ingram-like return to the lineup in December. Ingram tore his ACL around the same time last year, returning to play the final four regular season games and playoffs. ESPN Dallas isn't taking the bait, and expects Lee to miss the entire year. Justin Durant is running with the ones at MIKE 'backer. Rookie Anthony Hitchens is also in the mix.
Jun 10 - 3:48 PM

ESPN Dallas doesn't expect Sean Lee (ACL surgery) to return this season.

There's been some thought that Lee could be stashed on short-term I.R. in hopes of making a late-season impact, but the Cowboys aren't going to rush back a player with his injury history. Lee is facing an 8-12 month recovery timetable and should spend the entire 2014 season on injured reserve.
Source: ESPN Dallas
May 31 - 5:36 PM

Cowboys ILB Sean Lee will get a second opinion on his torn left ACL, but will likely undergo surgery in 2-3 weeks.

CBS' Jason La Canfora confirms Lee is dealing with "no other ligament issues." We'd be shocked if the second opinion did anything other than confirm Lee's initial diagnosis.
May 29 - 1:55 PM

Chargers OLB Melvin Ingram returned from a 2013 ACL tear suffered on May 14 to play in San Diego's final four regular season games.

Ingram also contributed in the playoffs, starting twice and compiling six tackles to go with an interception. Cowboys MLB Sean Lee's ACL tear occurred on May 27, so he's just two weeks behind Ingram. Dallas has yet to place Lee on injured reserve, perhaps in hopes of a late-season impact. The Cowboys would have to stash Lee either on the reserve/PUP list or I.R./designated for return.
May 28 - 7:24 PM

The Cowboys see Sean Lee's rehab as an 8-12 month process.

Although Lee did not sustain any other ligament damage Tuesday outside of his torn left ACL, he will miss the entire 2013 season. The only silver lining is that he should be truly ready for the 2015 season, unlike recent players that rushed back too quickly from their tears (Robert Griffin III). IDP owners need to get fourth-round rookie Anthony Hitchens on their radar.
May 28 - 9:46 AM

Cowboys ILB Sean Lee has been diagnosed with a torn left ACL, and is expected to miss the entire 2014 season.

The poor just got poorer on defense. Had Lee's (latest) injury occurred a month or two earlier in the offseason, he might have been a candidate for injured reserve/designated to return, but there's little reason to believe that will be the case now. It's the second ACL tear of Lee's career, though the first came to his right knee at Penn State. Lee missed significant time the past two seasons with toe, neck and hamstring issues, and has rarely been healthy since high school. He's an All-Pro talent with third-team injury luck. The Cowboys could be forced to turn to fourth-round rookie Anthony Hitchens in Lee's absence. A defense that was the worst in the league last season could be even worse in 2014. Jerry Jones' cap mismanagement has led to an embarrassing lack of depth.
May 27 - 11:07 PM

The Cowboys expect an official diagnosis of ILB Sean Lee's left-knee injury by Wednesday morning.

ESPN's Ed Werder reports that Lee has already been told his ACL is torn. That would almost certainly end Lee's 2014 before it begins, but we suppose he could be stashed on injured reserve/designated to return with the hope that he'd be ready to return for the stretch run. Werder says it will be the former. Lee missed five games with neck and hamstring issues in 2013, and 10 with a sprained toe in 2012. He tore his right ACL in college.
May 27 - 9:52 PM

The Dallas Morning News reports the Cowboys believe MLB Sean Lee has a torn left ACL.

That's what has been widely speculated, but the Cowboys won't know for sure until they get back Lee's MRI. Lee got his left knee hung up before getting pancaked by first-round OG Zack Martin in a "non-contact" drill. Among his many, many other injuries, Lee tore his right ACL at Penn State.
May 27 - 6:12 PM

A source tells Comcast SportsNet's John Middlekauff that the Cowboys are "fearing the worst" with ILB Sean Lee's left-knee injury.

"The worst" specifically being a season-ending injury. Middlekauff is not a Cowboys beat writer, but is a plugged-in former scout. His report has been seconded by ESPN's Ed Werder. All the Cowboys can do now is cross their fingers and await the results of Lee's MRI. It would be a devastating blow for one of the league's most injury-prone players. Going on 28, Lee has missed 15 games over the past two seasons.
May 27 - 4:18 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder stated on NFL Insiders that Cowboys ILB Sean Lee will likely require an MRI on his knee.

Lee suffered an apparent left knee injury at the first Cowboys OTA practice on Tuesday. Details are murky, but the hope is likely that Lee escaped with a sprain as opposed to a torn ligament. We'll update when we know more.
May 27 - 3:35 PM

Cowboys MLB Sean Lee was helped off the field with an apparent left knee injury on the first day of OTAs Tuesday.

A video of Lee being assisted off the practice field with a trainer on each arm is available at the link below. Per ESPN Dallas' Calvin Watkins, Lee was "swearing" after sustaining the injury, and uttered "Bleep me." Lee has been an All-Pro-caliber player when healthy through four NFL seasons, but has been on the shelf far too often. He's missed 15 games over the past two years.
May 27 - 1:52 PM

Executive VP Stephen Jones made it clear the Cowboys have no intention of moving MLB Sean Lee to the outside.

After missing 15 games the last two seasons, a move to outside linebacker could help Lee stay healthy, but Jones was adamant Lee would stay inside. "He’s so good in the middle there and leading the way, leading the defense. It’s a natural spot for him to work from." Lee has the talent to be a premier middle linebacker, but he has to stay healthy to reach his potential.
May 3 - 11:52 AM

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