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Cowboys put Sean Lee on season-ending injured reserve

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Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee is done for the year.

The Cowboys officially put Lee on injured reserve today, and he was not designated for return, which means he will not play again until the 2013 season.

Lee suffered a right toe injury on Sunday against the Panthers, and although he said after the game that he thought he’d be OK, an MRI revealed major structural damage. Lee needs surgery and several months of rehabilitation.

The Cowboys also announced that they’ve placed punter Chris Jones on injured reserve and signed safety Charlie Peprah and linebacker Ernie Sims.

For the Dallas defense, Lee is a major loss. He has started all six games and leads the team in tackles, and he’s one of the most complete linebackers in the league, equally solid against the run and in pass coverage. The 3-3 Cowboys already had an uphill climb to make the playoffs, and losing Lee makes their path to the postseason a lot rougher.

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34 Responses to “Cowboys put Sean Lee on season-ending injured reserve”
  1. ragingmouse says: Oct 24, 2012 11:50 AM

    The good news is you can move the cowboys off the “mediocre ” list…

    The bad news is, they are now on the “subpar” list…

    …that’s a shame.

  2. timbrehmer says: Oct 24, 2012 11:50 AM

    bum deal. as a cowboys fan, Lee was a ray of hope for what the team could one day be, both attitude wise and play wise. Hope he gets good and healthy.

  3. andyb053 says: Oct 24, 2012 11:56 AM

    I’m still waiting for my weekly Witten report. Thought I’d find it in this article, but I forgot he gets his own each week.

  4. hpeters77 says: Oct 24, 2012 12:04 PM

    season injury for a toe, wow they make football players like they used to

  5. cowboys5x says: Oct 24, 2012 12:05 PM

    And we will still beat the giants watch

  6. knackstermyea says: Oct 24, 2012 12:05 PM

    Man there goes the lynchpin of our “D”. Sean Lee was havin a Pro Bowl Season. Hope he has a quick recovery.

  7. unbiased8383 says: Oct 24, 2012 12:06 PM

    NO!!!!!!!

  8. armchairqb says: Oct 24, 2012 12:12 PM

    Giants fan here … brutal loss for the ‘Boys. Feel bad for the kid. Lee is a stud. Thankfully, it seems like it’s not an injury that’s likely to have long-term effects on his performance, so he’ll be back.

    Get better soon, big guy.

  9. skins1982 says: Oct 24, 2012 12:12 PM

    Who cares? He knew Rg3 was coming and bowed out. The division has flipped!!!! You’ve been warned!!!!!!!!

  10. tigrrrr says: Oct 24, 2012 12:15 PM

    i guess its up to romo now… lol

  11. gcsuk says: Oct 24, 2012 12:16 PM

    I’m a Giants fan, but I hate to see a player I respect, like Lee, go down to injury. One of the few rival players I can say that about. Was really hoping the earlier reports were wrong. See you next year, Sean…get better.

  12. seahawkhuskyfan says: Oct 24, 2012 12:16 PM

    Huge Sean Lee fan here. The Cowboys need to make some major changes and get with the rest of the NFL. I mean one playoff win in 16 years??? Come on, time to find a solid QB and quite having excuses for everything. They are out-skilled at almost every position and certainly out-coached almost every game. Some emotion from a coach would be a nice thing to see.

  13. justintuckrule says: Oct 24, 2012 12:21 PM

    Murray is doubtful and Felix Jones is banged up too.

  14. storebrandcookies says: Oct 24, 2012 12:22 PM

    Horrible!. This kid was on his way to his first pro bowl to.

  15. everyonethinksitimsayingit says: Oct 24, 2012 12:25 PM

    Great Player, hopefully he has a speedy recovery. This guy is a great representative of what Penn State football is really all about, which is sorely needed following the scandal last year.

  16. jmain1000 says: Oct 24, 2012 12:26 PM

    MANE that’s a major blow! Look like we back 2 point A. Romo & da offense definitely got 2 step their game up NOW!

  17. dmvtransplant says: Oct 24, 2012 12:39 PM

    @ everyonethinksitimsayingit

    They still have Penn State’s all time tackle leader in Dan Connor at LB.

  18. tharaidergangfearlessleader24over7 says: Oct 24, 2012 12:42 PM

    I’m interested to see how Sims will do. He was a solid linebacker for the Lions a couple years back. I remember Adrian Peterson calling him one of the best linebackers he’s faced…

  19. paintballx3dotcom says: Oct 24, 2012 12:46 PM

    Actually no, the division is not flipped. The Giants are still on top and the Redskins are still in last place… like always.

    “Who cares? He knew Rg3 was coming and bowed out. The division has flipped!!!! You’ve been warned!!!!!!!!”

  20. CowboyErik says: Oct 24, 2012 12:48 PM

    Well this is bad news; Victor Butler and the rest of the guys gotta step it up! We play a 3-4 so presumably we are loaded with linebackers! Just not Shaun Lee caliber!

  21. fuglyflorio says: Oct 24, 2012 12:57 PM

    I know they’re doing the right thing … but it’s hard to imagine a toe injury as being ‘season ending’.

  22. billhicks666 says: Oct 24, 2012 1:07 PM

    Wow! There goes any faint glimmer of hope the Cowboys may have had to make the playoffs this year. That defense will be a sieve in the middle now.

  23. richie500 says: Oct 24, 2012 1:22 PM

    Please come home and play linebacker for the Steelers!

  24. gatorguru says: Oct 24, 2012 1:38 PM

    Whoa! Slow down there.Slightly abover average lb..insert Pozluzny,Conner,Conlan.

  25. skinshail says: Oct 24, 2012 1:43 PM

    Even with a toe injury you can’t stop RG3

  26. jkb0162 says: Oct 24, 2012 1:44 PM

    Lee is a big loss but Dallas is actually better equipped at linebacker now with Dan Conner, Ernie Sims and Bruce Carter than they were three years ago with Zach Thomas and Bradie James there.

  27. mungman69 says: Oct 24, 2012 1:48 PM

    That’s a shame!

  28. jpb12 says: Oct 24, 2012 1:51 PM

    That window keeps getting smaller and smaller.
    Romo’s handicap is pretty near scratch.

  29. bluebagz says: Oct 24, 2012 2:57 PM

    Giants fan here……Big loss for the Boys.Hate to see the best players go down.I would prefer to play the Boys when they are fully loaded,it makes the game that much more intense.Lee is a stud and gave us headaches..Get well soon Lee and we’ll see you next year hopefully as the repeat Superbowl Champs.

  30. yanks33 says: Oct 24, 2012 3:02 PM

    I am very interested in seeing how much Sims actually plays, i have always been a fan if his so i do like the signing…but giving the circumstances losing Lee to get him really sucks

  31. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 24, 2012 3:05 PM

    Why do people care about the cowboys so much?

  32. skinsfan91 says: Oct 24, 2012 3:58 PM

    I think most of the people with all these obnoxious RGIII comments are bandwagoners. Skins aren’t there yet but we’ve got a helluva nucleus to build off of.

  33. voiceofsweetness says: Oct 24, 2012 4:13 PM

    As a Bear fan with a special place in my heart for LB’s, I gotta wish Lee a speedy and full recovery. One of the best young LB’s to watch.
    Good luck kid! Heal up and continue your progress.

  34. stevebreastonplants says: Oct 25, 2012 1:33 AM

    He was one of maybe 3 Cowboys that I knew would always be doing what he should and brought the right attitude. Unless the rest of them figure it out, all their potential talent will be wasted again.

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