IRVING (CBSDFW.COM) – Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee couldn’t have been more frustrated as he hobbled off the Valley Ranch practice field Tuesday. Cursing at photographers filming the scene, Lee seemed to confirm the worst — the injury he sustained was worse than a dust-up in a non-contact drill.
Few saw the play clearly on the practice field, not even the coaches.
“Everything (happened) so fast,” said defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli. “You never want to see anyone go down like that, we’ll just wait and see how he is.”
Coach Jason Garrett said his view was always from afar and has to wait and see the practice tape but said it looked like he was chasing a play out to the right and went down.
Once CBS 11 News reviewed the video it appeared it happened on a run play as Brandon Weeden gets the ball out to DeMarco Murray. Lee moved to the right and his heel seemed to get stuck in the ground. Rookie offensive lineman Zack Martin appeared to fall on Lee and pancake him on the ground.
New defensive lineman Jeremy Mincey said Lee was the first player to text him when he signed and hated seeing the leader on the defensive side of the ball but they must prepare to move forward without him.
“Definitely a great loss, real hurtful loss,” said Mincey. “We got to go on and find someone to step in that spot– next man up. Find some kind of way to bounce back. That that hurt.”
As for the next man up, Cowboys will likely look to a guy like 2nd year player DeVonte Holloman.
“There’s a couple of guys that have been cross-trained and mike is one that I’ve been working on,” said linebacker Holloman.
While injuries are a part of the game, Lee’s reads like a laundry lists. He’s had neck issues, a toe injury, struggles with a hamstring, a concussion and in college a similar injury during a non-contact drill-a torn ACL in his right knee.
The whispers inside the locker room suggest Lee may be dealing with an torn ACL again, this time on the left knee though a doctor and the Cowboys medical staff have yet to confirm the extent of Lee’s injury. In the meantime, players said they are hoping for the best as they try to process the loss of a great player and leader on their team. Lee has yet to play a complete season as a result of injuries.
“We’re just going to pray for him, keep him in our prayers. It’s the game of football… takes one second and one play away from getting hurt, said safety JJ Wilcox.
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