IRVING, Texas It's not an easy thing to lose your leading tackler and defensive leader, but the Cowboys were doing their best to keep a positive attitude Wednesday.
After learning that inside linebacker Sean Lee would miss the rest of the season with a toe injury, the Cowboys' mood at their Valley Ranch practice facility was somber yet determined.
"In this business you don't have time to grieve," defensive end Marcus Spears said. "It's something that definitely stings when you lose your middle linebacker, but at the end of the day, they're not going cancel or postpone the games because Sean Lee got hurt.
"We don't have a lot of time to really dwell on it. All you can do is move on. A lot of guys have been in the situation before so we know how to react to it."
The news stung Dan Connor the most. Connor will now take over Lee's starting spot at inside linebacker. It's an opportunity for Connor, but not one he wanted at the expense of his former college teammate at Penn State.