The Cowboys are preparing to play their next two games without their defensive leader, Sean Lee, who has a sprained neck ligament. Lee said Monday he won't return until he is fully healed, and there is no timetable.
The Cowboys also lost Lee's replacement, Justin Durant, who re-injured his hamstring. That left rookie DeVonte Holloman, who missed much of this season with a neck injury, to fill in.
That has Cowboys owner Jerry Jones "concerned" as the Cowboys face must-win games against the ninth- and second-ranked offenses in the league in Washington and Philadelphia.
"I'm very concerned because [Lee] is our quarterback [of the defense], and it's glaring when he's not out there, and has been glaring the last two ball games," Jones said on his weekly radio show on KRLD-FM. "He's the guy that not only is our leader out there in execution, but he's also the guy that is the [Tony] Romo over there, and when you don't have him, you brought in Durant. Well, we've had Durant, really, just very little time since we haven't had Lee out there. It's hard to get three-deep with your quarterback over there on defense. Now, every team -- the team we just played lost their quarterback. They didn't have [Aaron] Rodgers. Every team loses key players. That's the thing here is that we've lost players. We lost players last year. But we've had a healthy Romo. That ought to be able to help us get back some of this inadequacy with some of our personnel."
Lee injured his neck on the first play of the Dec. 9 game against the Bears. He played 47 of 72 snaps, leaving for good in the third quarter of that game. A CT scan offered positive news the day after the game, but an MRI revealed a sprained ligament.
Lee, who said surgery is not necessary, will undergo more tests this week.
-- Charean Williams