If it means shaving a few years off his career, Sean Lee is fine with that because the Dallas Cowboys linebacker plans to leave it all on the field.
Injuries have taken a toll on Lee in his young career. He was recovering from a torn ACL when he came out of Penn State and he missed the final 10 games this past season with torn ligaments in his right big toe.
Now, Lee is “pretty much 100 percent” and the 26-year-old is preparing to man the middle in the 4-3 defense the Cowboys are transitioning to under defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. Lee has missed 13 games in his three seasons, also being hobbled by wrist and leg injuries.
But Lee says he doesn’t plan on changing the way he plays any time soon.
“I’m going to try to play a certain way, play hard,” Lee said during an appearance on 1310 KTCK-AM, according to the Dallas Morning News. “I don’t think I would be successful if I didn’t play that way. I’d rather cut a few years off my career and play the right way than go soft and not play right. If injuries come, they come. But I’m going to sell out on the field and try to sell out every game. I think that’s the only way we really can win, if everybody does that.”
Hopefully, Lee’s toe is fully healed soon and his body will be ready for the punishment of a full 16-game season.
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