Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee, who is out on Sunday against the Packers after hurting his neck on Monday night, says he won’t rush back to the field until he’s sure he’s healthy.
“There’s no gray area,” Lee said on KRLD-FM, via Charean Williams of the Star-Telegram. “I kind of have to let it heal for me to be able to even do my job. I wouldn’t probably be able to make it through the game until I let it heal. Hopefully it can heal up faster, and we’ll look at it next week. Hopefully it will look a lot better.”
That’s a wise decision: It’s one thing for a player to push himself to rush back from a sprained ankle. It’s quite another to rush back from a neck injury. Lee said he was feeling so good early this week that he thought he had a chance to play on Sunday, but he knows he needs to take his time.
“The plan is to rest and hopefully reevaluate early next week,” Lee said. “Early in the week I was getting better and feeling healthier and healthier, so that’s why I was gung-ho on being ready to play this week. Hopefully that’s a good sign, meaning that I’m going to continue to improve this week, continue to improve next week and once we reevaluate it, hopefully we’ll know pretty soon when I can be back.”
All Lee knows now is that he won’t play on Sunday.