Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Sean Lee (50). Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Sean Lee cleared for offseason workouts

Dallas Cowboys star middle linebacker Sean Lee has dealt with nagging injuries throughout his NFL career, and injuries were the only blemish to what was an excellent 2013 season. Lee has always been a very good linebacker, but he broke out as a great player last season. A top-notch inside linebacker, Lee played at an All-Pro level last season in 11 appearances, as he recorded 99 tackles, was his usual, excellent self in run defense, and he also showed up well as a blitzer. But the most important step forward taken by Lee was in coverage, and he was  solid in that regard with four interceptions to accentuate his playmaking ability in coverage.

Lee missed two games in the middle of the season with a hamstring injury, but the real injury of worry was a neck injury that he suffered in a Week 14 loss against the Chicago Bears. He missed the final three games of the season, and the injury was slow to heal.

ESPN Dallas’s Calvin Watkins reports that Lee has final received full medical clearance from the torn ligament in his neck, and he can participate fully in offseason workouts going forward. It’s excellent, unsurprising news for the Cowboys star linebacker, and the 27-year-old Penn State product is poised for another terrific 2014 campaign as the lynchpin of the Cowboys defense. With DeMarcus Ware now with the Denver Broncos, Lee’s status as the most valuable Cowboy on defense is even more firm.

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