If there was any hope that Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee would come off the injured reserve in just three weeks, there certainly isn’t anymore. According to Jane Slater of NFL Network, Lee will be out six weeks after undergoing surgery.
Sources: #Cowboys LB Sean Lee is expected to be out six weeks after undergoing hernia surgery last week in Philadelphia with noted specialist Dr. William Meyers. Lee started the season on injured reserve and now is looking at a mid-October return.
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) September 16, 2020
Lee was originally put on injured reserve on Sept. 6 with a sports hernia. With the new IR rules, it was thought he might be able to come back in three weeks and help out the Cowboys before the end of the month. Instead, Lee reportedly had hernia surgery sometime last week and won’t be available until the middle or end of October.
This development is not great for the Cowboys, who are now suddenly very thin at linebacker. Fellow LB Leighton Vander Esch broke his collarbone in the first quarter of the Cowboys’ Week 1 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, and will be out six to eight weeks after having surgery to repair it earlier this week. It’s likely that Joe Thomas starts Week 2 against the Atlanta Falcons.
Lee, 34, was pressed into service in 2019 after Vander Esch suffered a career-threatening neck injury and had one of his best years. He signed a one-year contract with the Cowboys this offseason, with both sides obviously hoping for a repeat performance. Thus far, things could be going better.
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