Cowboys Lose Sean Lee For The Year To Torn ACL
Another year, another devastating injury for Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that an MRI confirmed that Lee tore the ACL in his left knee yesterday during OTAs, and he’s expected to miss the entire 2014 season.
The #Cowboys fears have been confirmed: Sean Lee has a torn ACL. He’s expected to miss the 2014 season.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 28, 2014
The injury supposedly occurred when rookie offensive lineman Zack Martin pancake blocked him to the ground on what was a non-contact drill. However, some people believe that Lee’s knee collapsed before Martin even made contact.
Despite what appears on tape, people present believe Sean Lee knee collapsed before contact with rookie teammate. Described as freak play— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) May 27, 2014
Lee has been plagued by injuries throughout his short career, and this is the second torn ACL he has suffered. He tore the ACL in his right knee while at Penn State. He missed 10 games with a sprained toe in 2012, and he had to sit out five games last season due to toe and hamstring issues.
Since entering the league in 2010, Lee has led all linebacker with 11 interceptions, while ranking in the top five in tackles per game (9.2). He’s one of the best inside linebackers in the league, but his luck with injuries haven’t done him any favors.
Dallas will now be grasping for answers as they search for Lee’s replacement. Fourth-round rookie Anthony Hitchens and Devonte Holloman, who’s in his second season, are the top two candidates on the roster to replace Lee in the starting lineup. However, they cannot match Lee’s production and value to the defense.
The Cowboys had one of the worst defenses in league history last season, and now that they’re missing their best player, it’s easy to see them taking a step back. Rod Marinelli, new defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, certainly has his work cut out for him.