If Lee was not as important as DeMarcus Ware then it was a case of 1 and 1a. Lee was essentially on the field for every defensive play, in every formation, in every circumstance.
As witnessed against the Panthers on Sunday after Lee went out with the injury, replacement Dan Connor is a nice backup. He is not Sean Lee, and there is going to be a major problem in the middle of the field. Don't be surprised if former Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett goes off on Sunday against his old team.
Expect the Cowboys to try the "Next man up" line but even they know that's BS. The next man up is not Sean Lee.
This was the risk the Cowboys took when they selected Lee with a second round pick in the 2010 draft. He was injured during his career at Penn State, and he's been injured often in his first three years of the league.
Injured guys get hurt.
In 2011, Lee suffered a dislocated left wrist against the Eagles on Oct. 30, but he missed only one game.
In 2010, Lee was injured a few times as a rookie with hamstring.
The spring of 2008 at Penn State, he tore his ACL in non-contact drill and missed the season.
Now in 2012 and he's going to miss the rest of the season.
These injuries are no knock on Lee, who in his third season we developing into a monster inside linebacker with a knack for making plays and holding teammates and the entire defense accountable to high standards.
The guy can play. But he also gets hurt.
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