The Dallas Cowboys defense has been absolutely horrendous this season, and they’ve struggled mightily stopping the run and stopping the pass. Inside linebacker Sean Lee, however, has been an enormous bright spot, and he’s been worthy of an All-Pro vote this season. He’s been that good, and it’s been great watching him make big strides in pass coverage to the point where he is one of the best LBs in the league in coverage. Lee is also a solid blitzing ILB, but where he continues to earn his keep is in run defense. And when Lee went down with an injury, the Cowboys defense was even worse.
The Cowboys were especially embarrassing on defense on Monday Night Football last week against the Chicago Bears, and they will be hoping to atone for that showing with a better performance on Sunday against another NFC North team in the Green Bay Packers. On the bright side for the Cowboys, Matt Flynn is going to start, and he isn’t as good of a backup QB as Josh McCown is. On the downside, though, Sean Lee, who went down with an injury on Monday, isn’t going to be playing this week.
It was reported earlier this week that Lee’s MRI on his neck came clean and that he would likely play this week, but it was reported earlier today that he would be unlikely to play. Now, ESPN Dallas’s Todd Archer officially reports that Lee will be out this week.
It’s a huge blow for the Cowboys, while it’s fantastic news for the Green Bay Packers, especially rookie running back Eddie Lacy. The Alabama product suffered an ankle injury in last week’s win over the Atlanta Falcons, but he was able to continue playing. And even though he missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday, he returned today (as the team planned), and Mike McCarthy was always optimistic regarding Lacy’s Week 15 status. Against a Cowboys defense without Lee and with Flynn at the helm, Lacy could have a monster game for the Packers and fantasy owners alike.