Dallas Cowboys star inside linebacker Sean Lee suffered a neck injury in the team’s Week 14 loss to the Chicago Bears after missing two games with a different injury, and Lee missed the final three games of the Cowboys regular season with the neck injury. It’s easy to speculate and say “what if”, but I seriously think the Cowboys would be in the playoffs if Lee never injured his neck. I mean, he is an All-Pro caliber linebacker and the best defensive player on an awful defense, and they only lost by one to the Green Bay Packers and by two to the Philadelphia Eagles last night.
Anyway, Lee was never expected to play yesterday due to a sprained ligament in his neck, and one question that still needs to be answered is whether or not Lee needs surgery on his neck in the offseason. According to ESPN Dallas’s Todd Archer, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett stated that the team believes Lee’s injury is one that will heal with time and that doesn’t require surgery.
It’s always a good idea to wait a few weeks to see if a player’s injury can heal on its own, especially in the offseason, and then surgery becomes an option if the player’s injury still hasn’t healed. I fully expect that to be the Cowboys decision with Lee, because it’s the wisest thing to do.
There is no question that Lee had an excellent season and is one of the best linebackers in the game, but his health going forward is a major question mark; it’s fair to call him an injury-prone player due to 18 missed games in his four-year career.