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December 25, 2013

Sean Lee disappointed he will likely be sidelined when it matters most for the second straight year

The Cowboys have not yet ruled middle linebacker Sean Lee out of Sunday’s game against the Eagles. But he has yet to be cleared by the doctors and is expected to be sidelined for a third straight game with a neck injury.

If Lee doesn’t play, it will mark the second straight season he was sidelined for an all important win-or-go-home game for the NFC East title and the playoffs.

“It’s disappointing,” Lee said. “I haven’t been our there when it matters most.  I have tried to work hard to stay on the field. You want to be there when it counts. It’s been disappointing…my health two years in a row.”

If Lee can’t go rookie sixth-round pick DeVonte Holloman will start in the middle for the second straight week. It will also be the second time in his life he has ever started a game a middle linebacker dating back to high school. Holloman had six tackles against the Redskins last Sunday.

“He did a good job,” coach Jason Garrett said of Holloman. “Again, he’s a young player and hasn’t played a lot of mike linebacker in his life, has played about a game and a half of it. He’s one of those guys who seems to respond well to any opportunity we give him. He’s made a lot of plays on the ball that have made a difference for us, starting in the preseason and over the course of the season. Again, this was an opportunity for him. He seemed to grow as the game went on in a positive way, and he’ll learn from these experiences.”

Clarence Hill

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