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December 13, 2013

Sean Lee doesn't know when he will return; it won't be until his neck fully heals

Sean Lee won’t play this week and has no idea when he will return to the lineup. An MRI on Thursday revealed more than a muscular issue in his neck, Lee said Friday.

He will not return until it heals.

“There’s no gray area,” Lee said on KRLD-FM on Friday afternoon. “I kind of have to let it heal for me to be able to even do my job. I wouldn’t probably be able to make it through the game until I let it heal. Hopefully it can heal up faster, and we’ll look at it next week. Hopefully it will look a lot better.”

Lee injured his neck on the first play of Monday night’s game. He ended up playing 47 of the 72 snaps, leaving for good in the third quarter.

Lee missed two games with a hamstring injury before returning for the Bears. He already has missed 15 of a possible 61 games in his career -- two games with a hamstring injury as a rookie, one game in 2011 with a dislocated wrist and 10 games last season with a toe injury that required surgery.

“[It’s] obviously an extremely frustrating deal being that I’ve continuously been on and off the field,” Lee said on the radio. “The plan is to rest and hopefully reevaluate early next week. Early in the week I was getting better and feeling healthier and healthier, so that’s why I was gung-ho on being ready to play this week.

“Hopefully that’s a good sign, meaning that I’m going to continue to improve this week, continue to improve next week and once we reevaluate it, hopefully we’ll know pretty soon when I can be back. Obviously its extremely frustrating.”

-- Charean Williams 

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