Sean Lee Replaces Luke Kuechly at Pro Bowl: Latest Comments, Reaction

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJanuary 17, 2017

Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Sean Lee defends during an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)
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Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee isn't quite done playing this season, as he was added to the NFC Pro Bowl roster to replace injured Carolina Panthers star Luke Kuechly.

Lee's inclusion on the Pro Bowl roster was announced on the Cowboys' official website.

Lee had a terrific season for the Cowboys with a team-high 145 combined tackles and 13 tackles for loss. He was named to Pro Football Focus' All-Pro team for 2016 with the fourth-highest linebacker grade (88.6). 

The 30-year-old Lee will play in his second consecutive Pro Bowl after being named to the team last season. He has become an integral part of the Dallas defense despite never playing a full 16-game schedule in six NFL seasons. 

Even though the Cowboys' season ended earlier than they would have liked following a loss to the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round, they will be well represented in the Pro Bowl. Lee joins fellow teammates Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Tyron Smith and Zack Martin on the NFC roster.

Kuechly's decision to sit out the Pro Bowl is not a surprise. He missed the Panthers' last six games after suffering a concussion in the team's Week 11 win over the New Orleans Saints. 

Doctors cleared Kuechly to play prior to the Panthers' Week 15 game against Washington, but the team opted to shut him down after it fell out of playoff contention.

Lee had a strong argument to be made as a Pro Bowl selection when the rosters were first announced in December. He will take his rightful place with the NFC's top defenders in Orlando, Florida, on Jan. 29.

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