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December 17, 2012

Sean Lee says Ryan's teaching gives Cowboys chance to win every week, despite defensive injuries

The Cowboys are missing half their defensive starters, but linebacker Sean Lee – one of the missing – said they can still have a chance to win, as they did Sunday against the Steelers, because of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.

“It’s a testament to Coach Ryan being able to teach guys,” Lee said Monday during a visit to Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas. “I’ve said from Day 1, he makes it easy to learn with how he coaches and how he teaches. ... Because he’s a great coach, because he’s so smart in how he coaches, I think we have a great chance to win every week.”

The Cowboys' defense played Sunday without Lee, fellow inside linebacker Bruce Carter, cornerback Morris Claiborne, safety Barry Church, defensive end Kenyon Coleman, nose tackles Jay Ratliff and Josh Brent and cornerback Orlando Scandrick.

And early in the game, they lost replacement inside linebacker Ernie Sims to a concussion.

Among the defensive replacements are street free agents Brady Poppinga, Brian Schaefering, Sterling Moore and Michael Coe.

“The type of work they put in is unbelievable,” Lee said of the defense under Ryan. “There’s guys who are playing a lot who weren’t here eight weeks ago. It’s a testament to those guys who are here, who came in and worked extremely hard.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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