Dallas Cowboys star linebacker Sean Lee left last night’s blowout loss to the New Orleans Saints in the second quarter with a strained left hamstring and was listed as doubtful to return. He never did make it back into the game, as the camera showed him on the sidelines in street clothes at one point. Lee’s hamstring strain seems to be serious, and Lee will need to undergo an MRI today. Per Cowboys beat writer Nick Eatman, Jerry Jones is “very concerned” about the injury to Lee.
Hopefully he’s more concerned with the fact that Lee was injured, rather than concerned about the severity of the injury. The Cowboys still played a completely pathetic game on defense even with Lee out there, but you can only imagine how bad this defense would be without one of its best players. In fact, Lee is the second-best defensive player on the Cowboys behind DeMarcus Ware, and the Cowboys have a few other good starters in George Selvie, Jason Hatcher, and Brandon Carr.
Lee has blossomed into one of the best all-around linebackers in the NFL, and he’s been playing at an All-Pro level this season. His run defense has always been something to boast of, but the 27-year-old Linebacker U’s pass coverage has also become a big plus. That’s been huge for the Cowboys, because the rest of their linebackers (hello, Bruce Carter) seem to have no idea what “coverage” is. And oh yeah, Ernie Sims and Kyle Bosworth are the next people on the Cowboys depth chart with Lee and Justin Durant out (fingers crossed on Durant’s status as well).
Keep a close eye on Lee’s MRI results, and we can only hope they are clean. The Cowboys are a playoff team, but they could be in some major trouble if Lee is out. But let’s not get too carried away talking about his injury, otherwise we’ll end up like Chris Collinsworth.