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Report: Despite Sean Lee ACL, NFLPA is OK with Cowboys’ OTAs

Jim Maurer, Britt Brown, Sean Lee AP

Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee suffered a torn ACL in what was supposed to be non-contact work at Organized Team Activities, but the NFL Players Association apparently believes that the Cowboys were following the rules.

According to Ed Werder of ESPN, the NFLPA is convinced that the Cowboys violated no rules.

The union apparently believes that Lee’s knee injury happened as he planted his foot just before making contact with rookie offensive lineman Zack Martin. Although Martin blocked Lee and landed on top of him, the ACL may have been torn before there was any contact between the two of them.

Lee hasn’t said anything to indicate that he believes the Cowboys put him at risk, but then again players rarely make waves about violations of the practice rules. The union’s job is to ensure that players are collectively being kept safe, even if many injured players individually just view injuries as an unfortunate part of the cost of doing business.

Obviously, the Cowboys didn’t want Lee to get hurt. And other teams are already taking notice of Lee’s injury and reminding players to take care of each other at OTAs. Teams may not need the union to remind them to follow the rules about non-contact practices. Lee’s injury should have been enough.

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12 Responses to “Report: Despite Sean Lee ACL, NFLPA is OK with Cowboys’ OTAs”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 3, 2014 10:49 AM

    Sounds like the path of least resistance to not have a problem with it from a headache counting perspective. They have denser walls to worry about banging their head against.

  2. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Jun 3, 2014 11:12 AM

    Congratulations to the NFLPA for understanding that when giant people run around really fast, they may run into each other and someone could get hurt.

  3. ap20k says: Jun 3, 2014 11:21 AM

    Torn ACL? No worries.

    Oh you got a concussion? SHUT THE NFL DOWN!!!!

  4. bassplucker says: Jun 3, 2014 11:25 AM

    Well, duh. How else are these guys supposed to get ready to hit each other than, by, you know, hitting each other.

    It stinks that things like this happen, but if you were to let these guys play flag football all through the offseason the body count would be horrific once the games actually started to count.

  5. jerruhjones says: Jun 3, 2014 11:40 AM

    Money fixes everything.

  6. stoutfiles says: Jun 3, 2014 11:40 AM

    Won’t be long before Goodell implements flag football as the new, exciting future of the NFL. No linemen either, the QB gets 5 mississippi’s before you can rush him.

  7. paulsmith107 says: Jun 3, 2014 1:09 PM

    I knew it was a non-issue all you had to do was see the actual play. The media made it out to be a vicious block when in reality it was a slip and a big man running into a small man who lost his footing.

  8. oldbyrd says: Jun 3, 2014 2:52 PM

    Have no fear, The Union is here. What a joke. Private sector Unions will be gone in 10 years. They are down to 6% now.

  9. myworldurjuslivinit says: Jun 3, 2014 3:48 PM

    haters now have to wait for another Cowboy story…

  10. polarbear71 says: Jun 3, 2014 5:13 PM

    Jerry Jones owns the NFL doesn’t he ? OK, just Roger GODell !

  11. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jun 3, 2014 8:43 PM

    It’s not clear if Lee tore his ACL before contact or not but I figure having a 300 pound lineman land on top of him couldn’t have helped anything. Just sayin’

    Lee should have been wearing some sort of protective knee brace given his history of injuries.

  12. daveshingle says: Jun 4, 2014 9:55 AM

    Ap20k… ACLs will heal but a concussion you live with the effects forever. So in that sense it is much more serious.

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