No player enters the FOX America's Game of the Week between Dallas and the visiting New York Giants with more mixed emotions than Cowboys inside linebacker Dan Connor.
Connor is excited about getting the chance Sunday to make his first Cowboys start (4:25 p.m. ET kickoff). The circumstances, though, have made him sick to his stomach.
Connor is replacing the injured Sean Lee, who is more than a teammate. The two became friends eight years ago when Lee took a recruiting visit to Penn State and spent time at Connor's apartment. Lee returned the favor during the offseason when hosting Connor at his house while the latter was taking a free-agent visit with the Cowboys.
"We had some beers, talked a little football, a little Penn State and had a good time," a smiling Connor told FOXSports.com.
The conversation turned glum earlier this week when Lee called Connor with news that he would miss the rest of the season because of a toe injury serious enough to require surgery.
"It's a terri...