The Dallas Cowboys got the bad news they were fearing today when they placed inside linebacker Sean Lee on season-ending injured reserve as he will require surgery on his right big toe.
Originally, the club hoped Lee would only be sidelined four to six weeks, according to ESPN Dallas, but a second MRI on Tuesday discovered what was “extensive damage.” Veteran Ernie Sims was signed to take the place of Lee on the 53-man roster.
Lee’s agent Mike McCartney said surgery would likely be “sooner rather than later” even after the linebacker seeks another opinion on the injury.
Lee’s season ends with him leading the defense in tackles with 77. He’s developed into the kind of playmaker the Cowboys expected when they selected him from Penn State. He’s dealt with issues in his career including a hand injury and a torn ACL while in school.
“He has so much intensity about him,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “Talking to him yesterday, he's had injuries in the past and he's come back from all of them both in college and here in the NFL. And he has such an intensity about him. He said, 'You know, I'm not getting down. I'm ready to go. I'm going be part of this football team and we're going to get this thing fixed. I'll be back before you know it.' So he just has that way about him in everything he does. He's an outstanding human being and a great guy to have on your football team.”
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