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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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Cowboys WLB Sean Lee (knee) has been cleared for OTAs.
A full year removed from ACL surgery, Lee hasn't had any setbacks and will practice without limitations. After missing 31 games the past three seasons, Dallas will attempt to keep Lee healthy by moving him to the weak side. May 23 - 8:37 PM
Source: ESPN Dallas

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Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones said WLB Sean Lee (ACL surgery) "looks fantastic."

Jones added Lee is "ready to go." A top-flight defender when healthy, Lee has only played 17 games over the last three seasons. After playing as a middle linebacker his entire career, Dallas is moving Lee to the weak side in an effort to keep him healthy.
May 2 - 11:10 AM

Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones confirms Sean Lee will be moving to weak-side linebacker in 2015.

Asked if the position change was more about Lee's skill-set or reducing injury risk, Jones replied "both." Lee has spent his entire career in the middle, and been a dynamo when healthy. The problem, of course, is that he's rarely healthy, missing 31 games over the past three years. Lee would drop back into coverage more as the "will," and face off less with bruising defensive linemen.
Mar 24 - 4:16 PM

Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones said at the Combine that WLB Sean Lee is "ahead of target" in his recovery from last May's torn ACL.

Lee also tore his ACL at Penn State. Jones expects Lee to be a full participant when the Cowboys open OTAs, and acknowledged the team has discussed using him at weak-side linebacker, particularly if Dallas re-signs free agent MLB Rolando McClain. Lee will be a bounce-back target in IDP leagues.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Feb 18 - 8:49 PM

ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer has heard that "everything is coming along fine" in Cowboys WLB Sean Lee's ACL rehab.

Lee tore the ACL in 2014 OTAs. He hasn't had any setbacks and could be available for offseason workouts. The Cowboys' MIKE linebacker the past four years, Lee will move to the weak side in DC Rod Marinelli's scheme.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jan 30 - 8:07 PM

The Dallas Morning News names WLB Sean Lee's contract one of the three worst on the team.

It's hard to disagree. Lee inked a seven-year, $42 million deal in August 2013 and has appeared in just 11-of-32 regular-season games because of various injuries in 2013 and a torn ACL in 2014. When on the field, Lee was worth the money. But he's no longer expected to man the middle for the Cowboys, and will instead shift to the weak side in DC Rod Marinelli's scheme. The Cowboys will hope to bring back impending free agent MLB Rolando McClain. Cutting Lee isn't an option, as the Cowboys would take on a $9 million-plus dead money hit.
Jan 28 - 9:49 AM

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.
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 03:09:00 PM

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.
Tue, Jul 1, 2014 04:54:00 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.
Thu, Jun 12, 2014 02:05:00 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.
Tue, Jun 10, 2014 03:48:00 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
Sat, May 31, 2014 05:36:00 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.
Thu, May 29, 2014 01:55:00 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.
Wed, May 28, 2014 07:24:00 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.
Wed, May 28, 2014 09:46:00 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.
Tue, May 27, 2014 11:07:00 PM

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