Sean Lee out sick today, but expected to play Thursday

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The Cowboys can clinch a playoff spot this week, but they’re going to have to push through some illness first.

Via Todd Archer of ESPN.com, Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee was not on the practice field today with some unknown but apparently not terribly serious malady. Defensive end David Irving was also out sick earlier this week, but was back on the field earlier today.

Lee is expected to recover in time to play the Vikings on Thursday, and the fact they played last Thursday keeps it from being a true short week for them.

The Cowboys were also without linebacker Justin Durant (hamstring) and safety J.J. Wilcox (thigh bruise) in practice, and they’ve missed the entire week so far which isn’t a good sign for their availability.

8 responses to “Sean Lee out sick today, but expected to play Thursday

  1. You should really put a disclaimer before writing “Sean Lee out” in a headline. He’s so injury prone you might have given a few Cowboys fans a heart attack before they finished reading that he was just sick

  2. @ illiniftw,

    Lee played both healthy and great last year (128 tackles), and has played all the games so far this year (105 tackles in 11 games). He has had some bad injuries in his career, but that was 2015 and earlier. They moved him from MLB to WLB, and he has stayed healthy and has played excellent as a result. No disclaimer needed, but thanks anyway?

    @ okk245,

    Wilcox has played surprisingly well this year, so I disagree that being without him is a “good thing”. Getting Church back IS a good thing, and it looks like Wilcox won’t play anyway, so it is a plus to have Church in there as a result.

    Church doesn’t hit like Wilcox, so that physicality will be missed with Wilcox out of the lineup. Those physical hits get into the heads of the opposing offensive players, so not having him in their doling out punishment is a plus for the opponent.

    Wilcox will be back next week. The next goal is to get Claiborne back and ready before the end of the season, so Dallas can go into January at full strength, and that is absolutely a strong possibility for him to be back by then.

  3. @jsrdc – Dallas is not ‘making do’ with Barry Church. He’s the overwhelming better player and the starter. Wilcox is a back up on the depth chart. Personally, the position could use a serious upgrade that would put both of them on the bench. IMHO, at best they’re both serviceable. Wilcox might have a small edge on laying the wood, but he’s also more of a liability in pass coverage.

  4. Church and Lee have had great years…particularly Church. I can’t understand how the Cowboys and his reps can’t get a deal done.
    He covers well and tackles well. He is also a team leader. Please Jerry
    sign this guy!

  5. @ txmidnite says:

    “@jsrdc – Dallas is not ‘making do’ with Barry Church. He’s the overwhelming better player and the starter. Wilcox is a back up on the depth chart. Personally, the position could use a serious upgrade that would put both of them on the bench. IMHO, at best they’re both serviceable. Wilcox might have a small edge on laying the wood, but he’s also more of a liability in pass coverage”

    When you use quotes, you are implying I said exactly what you quoted – I never said “making do”. Besides, even with both healthy, there is a rotation used regardless of who the backup is, and both would be playing in certain defensive packages. With that said, Church is a better player overall – I agree with you on that point.

    The position absolutely could use an upgrade OPPOSITE Byron Jones, who was an obvious upgrade last year. With that said, the Cowboys are obviously running with who they have at Safety with it being week 12. I do see Dallas drafting at both S and CB earlier in the draft for 2017.

    Church and Wilcox have both been playing pretty well this year, but it has been a particularly good year for Wilcox relative to past seasons. Yes, he has been a liability in the past in coverage, but Wilcox is 23rd out of 87 Safeties according to PFF this season. Overall, the secondary has exceeded all expectations, and I think credit is also due to the new Secondary coach Joe Baker, as well as the new Safety coach Greg Jackson.

  6. Wilcox has played better this year. He was drafted as a raw athlete with little experience playing his position. At times he flashed but
    overall he made critical errors in coverage and in his angles for tackles.
    The scouts knew he was raw. However he continued to struggle with
    mental errors and bad tackling due not to lack of toughness but mistakes. This year he seemed to be more consistent with less mistakes ..although there were a few instances of his prior habits.
    Church is clearly more reliable. If Wilcox continues to make efforts in his game prep and both get healthy enough …this offers the Cowboys more of a chance to compete on defense. If we continue to have Claiborne, Church and Wilcox out …we are in trouble.

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