The Dallas Cowboys will try to avoid falling to .500 this weekend against the 8-1 Philadelphia Eagles, but they will likely have to do so without defensive standout Sean Lee.
The linebacker is unlikely to play Week 11 after aggravating a hamstring injury in Sunday’s 27-7 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. Furthermore, there is a chance Lee misses the Cowboys’ Thanksgiving Day game against the Los Angeles Chargers as well.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 13, 2017
Lee exited late in the first quarter Sunday after his hamstring acted up. Lee had missed a few games earlier in the season as well. Now it’s unclear how long he will be out for.
“Everyone knows he’s our best player; he’s our guy,” linebacker Anthony Hitchens said, according to The Star-Telegram. “Obviously, it’s going to be a challenge if he can’t play. We have to step up and use the guys we got in the room.”
The Cowboys defense is not the same when Lee is off the field, with Sunday serving as further proff of that. Atlanta’s running game came alive after Lee’s exit, scoring 24 of its 27 points while he was off the field.
“It may be a confidence thing for our defense,” defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford said. “Whatever it is, we’ve got to figure it out. He’s obviously going through an injury right now. We’ve got to figure it out to get in there and play good ball if he’s not up with us.”
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones chimed in as well, noting how important Lee is to Dallas.
“I really was disappointed and worried when he left the field,” Jones said. “We knew he was gone the minute he left. He told us on the sideline. He’s an integral part of our success.”