Even though he tore his ACL in OTAs, the Cowboys aren’t ready to declare Sean Lee’s season DOA.
According to Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com, Lee will have surgery Thursday on his torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, in hopes of a possible return late this season.
“We’ll see what the surgery indicates and we’ll make our decisions from there,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said.
At the moment, unless they just need that 90th roster body, there’s no point in putting him on IR. They could use the physically unable to perform list as a short-term stash to give him the chance to return.
While Chargers linebacker Melvin Ingram came back from a torn ACL to play six games last year (including the playoffs), he’s also younger than Lee and doesn’t have the same lengthy injury record.
“I just think we want to go in there and do the surgery, get it done right, get him well and then make those kinds of decisions,” Garrett said. “Typically doctors will give you a timetable and you see what’s reasonable and you make your best roster move.”
It’s worth waiting, if only to add psychological incentive for Lee in his latest rehab.