Sean Lee Injury: Updates on Cowboys Star's Knee Surgery and Recovery

R. Cory Smith@@RCorySmithSenior Writer IMay 27, 2014

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Updates from Tuesday, July 29

Drew Davison of the Star-Telegram has the latest on Lee's recovery:

Updates from Tuesday, July 1

Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports passed along the news that the Cowboys have placed Sean Lee on injured reserve:

Updates from Tuesday, June 17

Jerry Jones spoke about Sean Lee, his injured knee and the chances of a return this season (via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News):

Updates from Thursday, June 12

Todd Archer of ESPN provided the latest in Sean Lee's recovery from a torn ACL:

Rainer Sabin of had more on Lee's knee surgery:

The operation was performed Thursday by team doctor, Dan Cooper.

“We got him all cleaned up and he will be back doing his rehab before you know it and he will be back playing before you know it,” Garrett said.

Lee suffered the injury May 27 during the Cowboys’ first day of organized team activities. The timetable for recovery is typically seven to nine months. But head athletic trainer Jim Maurer said each individual’s rehab schedule is different.

“I have already told [Lee], ‘We’re going to be fine,’” Maurer said. “You’re going to play for six more years. This ACL – we’re going to get this fixed.”

Clarence Hill Jr. of the Star-Telegram provided more background on the status of Lee's knee:

Updates from Tuesday, June 10

David Moore of The Dallas Morning News provides an update on Sean Lee's knee surgery:

Updates from Tuesday, June 3

ESPN's Ed Werder has the latest on Lee's injury:

Stephen Jones also spoke about Lee's health via Calvin Watkins of ESPN:

Updates from Monday, June 2

ESPN's Ed Werder reports potential replacements the Cowboys are considering in wake of Sean Lee's knee injury:

Clarence Hill Jr. of the Star-Telegram continued:

However, ESPN's Calvin Watkins reports the Cowboys aren't ready to declare Lee out for the year:

Updates from Wednesday, May 28

Mickey Spagnola of provides a disheartening update on Sean Lee's knee injury and recovery:

Albert Breer of previously broke down the extent of Lee's knee injury:

Ed Werder of ESPN added a potential timeline for his recovery:

Original Text

Linebacker Sean Lee, entering his fifth year with the Dallas Cowboys, was helped off the field Tuesday during the first day of OTAs with a knee injury.

ESPN's Ed Werder spoke with league sources about the injury:

The Cowboys added details:

John Middlekauff of 95.7 The Game and ESPN's Adam Schefter revealed more about the extent of the injury:

Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan in Dallas had a slightly more optimistic outlook:

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweeted video footage of the hit:

Joe Trahan of WFAA-TV passed along comments from Cowboys coach Jason Garrett:

Werder provided thoughts from others in the organization: 

Calvin Watkins of shared a photo on Twitter and a video on Instagram of Lee being taken off the practice field:

Cowboys beat writer Clarence Hill included additional perspective:

Joe Trahan of WFAA 8 and Jesse Holley of CBS provided another look at the situation along with their thoughts:

Last season, Lee played in just 11 games before sustaining a neck injury Dec. 9. The 27-year-old was still able to make a dent during his time on the field, recording 99 total tackles, four interceptions for 174 yards and a touchdown along with six passes defended. 

Pete Damilatis of Pro Football Focus noted a shocking stat about the Cowboys linebacker:

During the 2014 NFL draft, Dallas took a player who might just be a backup to watch following Lee's injury. Owner Jerry Jones spoke about fourth-round pick Anthony Hitchens, per Carlos Mendez of the Star-Telegram:

We saw a guy who could run with size, and we saw one of the few inside linebackers that we thought could come in here and help us if we lost Sean Lee. So we saw a guy who could definitely improve us from where we were last year when we lost Sean Lee.

I’m not saying he’s Sean Lee, but he can drop back and get back and as Jason would tell you, we’re going to do a better job of doing that and playing the ball up in front of us. What he did do in his collegiate career is a real good job of getting back and getting in lanes. So that’s what we saw and is just right what we need.

After releasing longtime veteran pass-rusher DeMarcus Ware this offseason, the Cowboys were looking to Lee to return to full health and shore up the middle linebacker position while serving as a leader on defense.

Now Dallas will have to lean on another player to step up at the position alongside presumably Bruce Carter and Justin Durant in the linebacking corps.

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