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Cowboys fear torn ACL for Sean Lee

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As soon as Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee went down in what was supposed to be a non-contact practice today, the vibes coming out of Dallas suggested that he had suffered a bad knee injury. It’s looking like a season-ending injury.

Although Lee has not yet had an MRI and the team has not announced anything official, multiple reports indicate that a torn ACL is the most likely diagnosis. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Cowboys fear that Lee tore his left ACL, while John Middlekauff of 95.7 The Game separately reports that Lee will likely be out for the entire 2014 season.

Cowboys rookie offensive lineman Zack Martin blocked Lee to the ground at Organized Team Activities. Although it’s not the Cowboys’ biggest concern at the moment, an injury during a non-contact practice may result in an investigation into the team’s practice habits.

The 27-year-old Lee has a long history of struggling with injuries, including tearing his right ACL in college. He has missed 15 games in the last two seasons and has never played 16 games in a season. It’s now looking like he may play zero games this season.

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  1. honkeyt says: May 27, 2014 5:02 PM

    Millions of haters are “pitching tents” at the thought of Lee tearing his ACL.

  2. jdbaker01 says: May 27, 2014 5:02 PM

    Cowboys biggest fear: Jerry Jones will remain the GM for a long long time.

  3. eaglesnoles05 says: May 27, 2014 5:02 PM

    That’s not good.

  4. raphaelboomstick says: May 27, 2014 5:04 PM

    As a Cowboys fan you’d think I’d cry. But at this point I can only laugh. Bring on 5-11 or 6-10 and a half decent pick.

  5. mataug says: May 27, 2014 5:04 PM

    always feel bad for any player going down with injury regardless of the team they play for

    - Redskins fan here

  6. isphet71 says: May 27, 2014 5:04 PM

    That’s an incredibly unfortunate injury for both Lee and the Cowboys if he’s out for the entire season.

  7. motown81 says: May 27, 2014 5:05 PM

    These practices in shorts are ridiculous! Stupid! Thank your Union for negotiating this as part of the new CBA where teams spend way too much time in shorts and t-shirts and then struggle with “light contact”. It happened last year when DJ Fluker was a rookie and hit Dwight Freeney too hard and Freeney gingerly walked off. Rookies are out trying to make an impression, but the rules tell them not to make contact. Now a team could lose a valuable player in May!

  8. russrpm says: May 27, 2014 5:05 PM

    Anthony Hitchens, “Come on down!!”

  9. 305phinphan says: May 27, 2014 5:06 PM

    That’s horrible to prepare all offseason to have an injury like that happen to you during the first practice and a non contact one at that. I wish Mr. Lee a speedy recovery and hope he comes back stronger than ever next season.

  10. 10elite says: May 27, 2014 5:06 PM

    Poor Martin. What a welcome to camp.

  11. atthemurph says: May 27, 2014 5:06 PM

    Nobody hates a guy who never plays.

  12. mrnasty1984 says: May 27, 2014 5:06 PM

    Ring Ring. Hello SF, let’s Navarro Bowman.

  13. SparkyGump says: May 27, 2014 5:06 PM

    Jonathan Vilma on line one…..

  14. ariani1985 says: May 27, 2014 5:07 PM

    sorry to hear this………..

    Dude is more fragile than Erin Rodgers and Clay Matthews!!

  15. lks311 says: May 27, 2014 5:08 PM

    Sean Lee possibly gone for the year. Rookie responsible in “non-contact drill”. League investigation to follow.

    That, folks, is called a Hat Trick.

  16. thevikesarebest says: May 27, 2014 5:08 PM

    The cowgirls defense this season will make the 2012 saints look like the 2000 ravens.lol,8-8 is a reach now…SKOL

  17. Cameronm says: May 27, 2014 5:08 PM

    Happened to Melvin Ingram and he came back and helped the D at the end of the year, there is a chance Lee can come back and contribute, however unlikely.

  18. eaglesfan036 says: May 27, 2014 5:09 PM

    How did he get blocked to the ground if it was non contact? I think the Cowboys may be investigated here

  19. fissels says: May 27, 2014 5:10 PM

    Sure has been a lot of bad luck for Sean. I wish him a quick and successful rehab.

  20. ridusofreid says: May 27, 2014 5:12 PM

    This is very sad. Hope for the best for this guy. Great player and a team leader. And I am an eagles fan

  21. uglydingo says: May 27, 2014 5:13 PM

    Is it just my imagination but it seems like there are a lot more players suffering ACL and MCL injuries. For all of the top training and medical personnel, it seems crazy that top players like Sean Lee go down like this on day 1. Someone should analyze the process. This is ridiculous and don’t say it’s just some bad luck. Maybe they are pushing him too hard too soon.

  22. piratefreedom says: May 27, 2014 5:14 PM

    Thats a tough break , season over before it begins.

    I feel for Lee and the Cowboy fans.

    I know what it was like when the Pats lost rookie sensation Robert Edwards to multiple torn ligaments, Tedy Bruschi to a stroke and “dangerous weapon” Aaron Hernandez to multiple broken laws.

    It is sad when the disappointment starts before the season does.

  23. footballalldayeveryday says: May 27, 2014 5:14 PM

    Is it Zach or Zack make up your mind.

  24. thepftpoet says: May 27, 2014 5:15 PM

    It was going to happen sometime this season anyways.

    If it didn’t happen that practice, it would have happened in the next one.

    The inevitable just stopped being prolonged.

  25. mychode says: May 27, 2014 5:16 PM

    At least the rookie is looking good!

  26. officialgame says: May 27, 2014 5:16 PM

    Don’t blame the CBA blame the coaches for allowing contact in shorts. That’s just stupid. I am a Penn State fan and Lee was a great player but injury prone which is the only reason he lasted late 2nd round. Good luck in your recovery kid.

  27. regulator2 says: May 27, 2014 5:19 PM

    Looks like either Jerry broke the rules with a contact drill, or the Notre Dame rookie is not the smartest player in the draft class.

  28. pnut87 says: May 27, 2014 5:20 PM

    I hope Jerry lives forever.

  29. jayovalentine says: May 27, 2014 5:20 PM

    I hate to see a man go down to injury. As a cowboys hating Redskins fan, I wish the best to Lee.

  30. elimanningup says: May 27, 2014 5:20 PM

    Thank you Zack Martin!!!

    Even though the Giants passed on you at 12 to take Odell Beckham (which was a good choice), you still managed to help us.

  31. eagleseagleseagles says: May 27, 2014 5:21 PM

    As an Eagles fan, I hope this turns out to be a scare. Lee is one of the best linebackers in the game and you always want your teams competing and beating the best out there.

  32. i thumbs down your comment says: May 27, 2014 5:21 PM

    This makes Percy Harvin look tough

  33. patriotinvasion says: May 27, 2014 5:23 PM

    Brutal…PUP him and see what happens during the 3 week window post Week 6. That would be ~6 months from survey and the ACL has been a 6-9 month recovery.

  34. patriotinvasion says: May 27, 2014 5:24 PM

    ^surgery

  35. thegreatgabbert says: May 27, 2014 5:26 PM

    It’s the revenge of Johnny Manziel. Cowboys opted to go the “safe” route and drafted Zach Martin. Ooops.

  36. atlfan31833 says: May 27, 2014 5:27 PM

    I would be interested to see the number of injuries to players early in the season (let’s say by game 4) since the collective bargaining (player’s union) changed the way that teams could practice compared to before. I don’t know if it’s more/better team media coverage of injuries or what but it just seems like more players are getting injured since they tinkered with the system.

  37. 1cowboyfanatic says: May 27, 2014 5:28 PM

    Sean Lee is a great player and a very important part of the defense. Look what happened after he went down last season. Unfortunately, he can’t stay healthy and it’s time to find someone else to fill his shoes. Considering the defense was the worst in Cowboy history, it can only get better.

  38. fissels says: May 27, 2014 5:29 PM

    For everyone questioning contact in a non-contact practice, it’s football! Contact will happen no matter how much you try to avoid it!

  39. fester73 says: May 27, 2014 5:30 PM

    Lets see how many cowboy fans will use this as an excuse as to why they had another bad season

  40. oldcracker says: May 27, 2014 5:31 PM

    Just change the name to the Dallas Glassblowers. (Think about it)

  41. dcapettini says: May 27, 2014 5:31 PM

    This kind of thing happens every year. Guys get hurt; especially injury prone guys.Better now than the last preseason game.

  42. paulsmith107 says: May 27, 2014 5:32 PM

    Oh well better to get someone ready now instead of 6-7 games into the season. Guy is on tap to now miss 32 games over the last 3 seasons. Sweet second rounder even better was the extension he signed. Hopefully it was the last idiotic contract the cowboys sign off on

  43. hakunamangata says: May 27, 2014 5:32 PM

    Is he made of glass?

  44. treye2 says: May 27, 2014 5:35 PM

    At least he only has a contract that runs through 2019. Jerry deserves everything he gets.

  45. pmazidis says: May 27, 2014 5:37 PM

    I thought Jason Garrett said Zack Martin is going to make the defense better.

  46. hondastyle888 says: May 27, 2014 5:37 PM

    Redskins fan here and damn I hate to hear about Seans injury. Get well soon!#HTTR

  47. ragnarthemagnificent says: May 27, 2014 5:40 PM

    Too bad, I love watching this guy play. Here comes 8-8

  48. phillyphanatic77 says: May 27, 2014 5:41 PM

    Being a PSU fan I’ve always appreciated Lee’s impressive abilities. Solid leader and relentless player… unfortunately his injury luck is amazingly bad. You don’t know how, but at some point you expect this guy to go down. I hate the Cowboys and hope they have a terrible season but not this way.

  49. r8rsfan says: May 27, 2014 5:54 PM

    This guy is the Darren McFadden of LB’s.

  50. claymaker says: May 27, 2014 5:54 PM

    Zach Martin thought Non-Contact meant No Cell Phone Calls! What did he test out again on the Wonderlic test?

  51. vikingspride says: May 27, 2014 5:56 PM

    Sad to hear that. I am always a fan of watching solid linebacker play, regardless of the team they play for, and Sean Lee was no exception. Hope he can make a full recovery.

  52. mcmccii says: May 27, 2014 5:58 PM

    Rough break for the kid…Not a Cowboys fan, but feel for him just the same.

  53. cunninghampeetemcnabbvick says: May 27, 2014 6:03 PM

    50 first downs? 60? There’s gonna be some records broke by teams playing the Cowboys this year.

  54. jayblack073 says: May 27, 2014 6:04 PM

    I’d be surprised if the Boy’s won 5 games this year the way things look now

  55. stealthscorpio says: May 27, 2014 6:05 PM

    Johnny Football wouldn’t have hurt him so bad…Lee is great but fragile…

  56. vegasgreek says: May 27, 2014 6:09 PM

    Blame Jerrah ! he drafted Martin and passed over Johnny Vegas ! “DIE DIE YOU DALLAS DOGS ” to quote DE Jack Youngblood when he played for the Over The Hill Gang Redskins . 8-8 if they get lucky.

  57. Michael in MI says: May 27, 2014 6:20 PM

    Wow, real shame. Not a fan of the Cowboys, but I am a fan of the B1G and always root for their players to succeed. He is a solid player. Just a shame his body has not been as strong as his heart. Wish him well in his recovery and hope he can still have a successful career.

    Bears fan, Purdue Alum (’99)

  58. osiris33 says: May 27, 2014 6:20 PM

    Sorry for Lee but he hasn’t been the same since Golden Tate blew him up in 2012. Injury prone.

  59. jvelvet72 says: May 27, 2014 6:30 PM

    Sounds like a knee injury

  60. colv says: May 27, 2014 6:35 PM

    I’m a Ravens Fan and I think this is NOT a good thing and nothing any other fans should be happy about. It’s hard enough to make the 53 man squad and stay healthy, but non-contact training. Unlucky or stupid leadership pushing the envelope during training, non-contact at that. I don’t relish in others misfortunes. Hopefully he returns this year. This could be a playoff year for Dallas.

  61. antalicus says: May 27, 2014 6:36 PM

    This is why Tony Romo’s stats are so padded it makes him look deceptively good. He has to throw for so much to make up for the sad defense.

  62. cowboylover says: May 27, 2014 6:40 PM

    I wish Sean a speedy recovery for his sake. Thank you to all of you Redskin and Eagle fans wishing him well and fans of any other teams, as well. As for you trolls, who think you’re just hilarious and think that jokes about Jerry under the circumstances is just de rigueur, you’re absolutely not funny. If you don’t know the meaning of these words, pick up your 7th grade reading book; you know, the one you carry to class everyday. Can you possibly put yourselves in Sean Lee’s skin today? What a horrible blow to such a great player and a fine young man.

  63. dynam01 says: May 27, 2014 6:40 PM

    From the video it’s hard to see how he injured that knee. Looks like it happened before he was touched, which is often the way. But the reactions of Church and Claiborne said it all — hope it’s only a bad sprain but given Lee’s history an ACL tear wouldn’t be surprising.

  64. klink6224 says: May 27, 2014 6:46 PM

    Defensive QB down thanks to Martin. Can he go 2 for 2?

  65. kerzondax says: May 27, 2014 6:49 PM

    I don’t care the team. I don’t care how I feel about the team. I NEVER EVER like to see any player go down with a serious injury. Ever. I want everyone at their best all the time.

    Hope he fully recovers ASAP.

  66. bc01red says: May 27, 2014 6:55 PM

    If you never had a significant knee injury its not fun. As a Giants fan Id like to say best of luck to Sean Lee in his recovery. See you back on the field in 2015.

  67. realfootballfan says: May 27, 2014 6:58 PM

    This guy’s just not built for the NFL. It’s a shame because he’s one of the few good players the Cowboys still have.

  68. stunzeed5 says: May 27, 2014 7:10 PM

    Dang, that sucks…..heal up Lee, the NFL (and Dallas) is a better league with you in it.

    #HTTR Hail to the REDSKINS

  69. realitycheckbaby says: May 27, 2014 7:10 PM

    Best wishes.

    Not a Cowboy’s fan, but gained a lot of respect for Lee for his response to Golden Tate lighting him up in a game a couple years back.

    Blind side block that put Lee out.

    When asked Lee said “That hit was a thing of beauty based on the film I saw.”

  70. baboo1244 says: May 27, 2014 7:41 PM

    I say cut your losses with guy I was a huge fan of his had plenty of upside but the guy is a walking medical bill. Go take the cap room to find two serviceable MLB

  71. rg3andthensome says: May 27, 2014 7:42 PM

    Bye Bye 2014….Next?

  72. pftfan says: May 27, 2014 8:32 PM

    Johnny Karma!

  73. justintuckrule says: May 27, 2014 9:13 PM

    I hate the Cowboys but that sucks.

  74. lukedunphysscienceproject says: May 27, 2014 9:13 PM

    Do you understand that “non-contact” practice doesn’t mean that the players can’t accidentally run into each other without breaking the rules?

    A field full of giant athletes moving at full speed- people could get hurt, my friend.

    Doesn’t mean anybody was hitting anybody or breaking any rules.

  75. 6250claimer says: May 27, 2014 9:19 PM

    Word in the Big D is that Jerrah is working on a $75m, 5-year contract extension for Lee right now.

  76. ridnaway says: May 27, 2014 9:21 PM

    Can you fine rookies their entire salary based on them being too stupid play football? Is this kid really that big a moron?

  77. canetic says: May 27, 2014 9:36 PM

    The good news for Sean Lee is he can now sue the team for making him have contact in non-contact drills, he can sue the League for the medication the doctor gives him, and he can sue the doctor that does his ACL surgery. Jackpot!

  78. darkneptune73 says: May 27, 2014 9:48 PM

    The ACL bug is coming 3 months ahead of schedule.

  79. eaglomaniac says: May 27, 2014 10:05 PM

    Eagles fan checking in…it really sucks to lose a player like Lee in OTA’s.
    I hope he makes it back this season.
    The good news is we don’t get to play you guys until 11/27, which gives him seven months.
    A torn ACL could heal in 6-9 months.
    Hope we get to play you guys at full strength.
    Eagles VS. Dallas
    The best rivalry in the NFL in my opinion.

  80. bkg63 says: May 27, 2014 10:31 PM

    I cheer for the Eagles and although the Cowboys are heated rivals, I don’t like to see a player go down to injury because I want the Birds to beat the ‘Boys at their best. Hopes for a speedy recovery

  81. skinsfan91 says: May 27, 2014 10:52 PM

    No fans have shown the Redskins any sympathy over our QB. In fact its only been loads of mockery any time our QB is mentioned, so, no care. “RGME RGGLASS RGNOKNEE RG3andout IRG3!” Yeah, no care.

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