The Dallas Cowboys have a serious situation at inside linebacker developing, and it involves two crucial injuries that occurred during Sunday night’s nightmarish loss to the New Orleans Saints. Sean Lee went down in the second quarter with a hamstring injury that was a debilitating blow for the Cowboys defense. Not only is Lee playing at an All-Pro level, but he’s also one of the few guys holding down the fort on defense, especially when it comes to linebackers in coverage. But Lee’s injury wasn’t the only significant one at the linebacker position, as veteran and first-year Cowboy Justin Durant also went down with a hamstring injury on Sunday night.
We already received word that Sean Lee is expected to be out for 3-4 weeks, and the same exact timetable has been given for Durant’s hamstring injury. According to Cowboys beat writer Nick Eatman, Jerry Jones stated on today’s radio show that both Lee and Durant will miss 3-4 weeks.
It’s awful timing for the Dallas Cowboys defense, and both injuries combine as huge blows that form a huge hole in the heart of the Cowboys defense. Justin Durant is an excellent run-stuffer, which makes up for his struggles in coverage. He would have been a solid, veteran replacement for an injured Sean Lee, whereas both potential replacements for Durant/Lee will likely be walking disasters. Ernie Sims is one of the NFL’s most famous, recent busts, and Kyle Bosworth isn’t any better. Both underwhelming linebackers are expected to form some sort of a rotation, and hopefully one of the two can surprise people and emerge as a capable replacement in the interim.