Sean Lee Out for Season Due to Toe Injury
Of all the injuries Sean Lee could have gotten, it just had to be his toe.
When the 26-year-old Cowboys linebacker was forced out of Sunday’s game in the third quarter, it seemed clear something was seriously wrong to take such a tough LB out of the game. When news emerged that it was a toe injury, many — myself included — let out a sigh of relief. How bad could a toe injury be, right?
Lee will undergo surgery on his right big toe next week and will be forced to miss the rest of the season. According to ESPN.com, Dallas coach Jason Garrett initially believed that the injury would only keep Lee off the field for 4-6 weeks. A second MRI, however, revealed that there was “extensive damage,” meaning surgery would be required.
Not that there’s ever a good time for an injury, but this one seems to come at such a bad time for Lee. He had emerged as the leader of the Cowboys defense this year, and was a sure-shot for the Pro Bowl in January. Early in the season, he even led the NFL in tackles. His final numbers for the 2012-13 season are 58 tackles, 1 INT, 1 forced fumble, and 3 passes defended.
The silver lining here is that there’s a good chance Dan Connor will be the man to replace Lee in the starting lineup, so there won’t be any drop off as far as Linebacker U is concerned.