Middle linebacker Sean Lee doesn't need surgery, but he won't be in the lineup for the Cowboys on Sunday either. It marks the second consecutive season that Lee has missed a Week 17 elimination game. He finished last season on inured reserve with a toe injury.
"I’m very disappointed obviously," Lee said Friday. "It’s two years in a row I haven’t been there when the team needed me most. There are some things you can control, and some things you can’t. You have to play the cards you’re dealt and try to stay positive. I’m excited with the guys we have going this week. They’ve done a great job preparing, and I think they’ll be effective."
Lee hopes the Cowboys can win, believing he has a chance to be back next week. Dallas would host a wild-card playoff game with a victory over the Eagles.
"That’s the plan," Lee said. "We’re going to check, week in and week out, and see what the doctors say and once they feel the stability in my neck is fine and is ready to go, they’ll let me back on the field. ...But there’s a chance. There’s definitely a chance."
This marks the 18th game Lee has missed in his four-year career. He was out two games this season with a hamstring injury and Philadelphia will be the third game he has missed with the neck injury.
Lee made a difference in the Cowboys' 17-3 victory over the Eagles in October, with 11 tackles, an interception and a pass breakup.
Rookie DeVonte Holloman, who had never played middle linebacker until three weeks ago, replaces Lee in the lineup.
"He’s a guy who can make a lot of plays," Lee said. "Good athlete. Great instincts. He’s a guy who with the more experience he gets, the better he will play. And I’m excited to watch him this week."
-- Charean Williams