Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 10/23/12
IRVING An MRI on the right big toe of Dallas Cowboys defensive leader Sean Lee may have revealed torn ligaments, leading to the possibility of season-ending surgery for the budding inside linebacker star. On Sunday, after returning home from Carolina where his Cowboys had won 19-14, I asked Lee about his prognosis. He was wearing sneakers instead of dress shoes while exiting the team plane and walking through the parking lot. "It's not that bad," Lee said while walking with a slight limp. "I think I'll be fine." But by Monday, Lee Dallas' most productive defender with Lee 77 tackles, eight quarterback pressures, two pass deflections, a forced fumble and an interception was at Valley Ranch on crutches. And now it seems missing multiple games, including Sunday's showdown in Arlington against the Giants, would be the most optimistic outcome. Without Lee, the Cowboys will continue to juggle the roster (veteran safety Charie Peprah is expected to sign this week) and might need to look for linebacker help. Inside starter Bruce Carter will now be joined by Dan Connor, who filled in for his fellow Penn State alum when Lee was hurt in Carolina. How would Lee's absence impact the Cowboys? He communicates really well the defensive schemes, but his intensity is so obvious to everyone around him," coach Jason Garrett said a few weeks ago. I say this truthfully, but it's not always on the field. It's everywhere. You see him in a meeting room at 7:30 in the morning and he's just ready to go. It's like the old-time linebackers, some of those great names in NFL history; you almost feel like they have a little bit of a screw loose they're so intense. That's a really good thing." Sean Lee doesn't really have a screw loose. But he's got a toe that's not right. And that's a really bad thing.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Lakers replace Jim Buss with Magic Johnson, fire Kupchak

Jimmy Garappolo’s mom keeping him up to speed on his trade rumors

Report: Clippers intent on keeping both Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

Slam dunks and startups: How all-star technology took over the NBA in The Big Easy

Report: Tyrod Taylor might not be released by Bills after all

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Juventus and Manchester City begin their Champions League Round of 16 campaigns

Cardinals reportedly have ‘zero interest’ in Jay Cutler

DeSean Jackson talks up return to Eagles

DeMarcus Cousins links to Lakers won’t just go away

NFL executive: Davis Webb will be top QB of draft

Report: Knicks making Derrick Rose ‘completely available’ at trade deadline

Nintendo is finally, thankfully embracing sports and eSports

The 'Did the Kings just make the Pelicans into a super team?' quiz

Will the Timberwolves start showcasing their potential?

'Playmakers' in Ice Cube's league who can help the Cavs

Box Score 2/21: It's trade heartbreak season

The guard tandems you'd want in a 2-on-2 tournament

We got our hands on the new Nintendo Switch, here are our first impressions

Top 10 second basemen in baseball for 2017

Teams and players who could be dealing at the NBA trade deadline

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Movies you can stream now to get your football fix

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Nintendo is finally, thankfully embracing sports and eSports

The 'Did the Kings just make the Pelicans into a super team?' quiz

Will the Timberwolves start showcasing their potential?

'Playmakers' in Ice Cube's league who can help the Cavs

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher to win 100 games with two different teams

The guard tandems you'd want in a 2-on-2 tournament

We got our hands on the new Nintendo Switch, here are our first impressions

Top 10 second basemen in baseball for 2017

Teams, players who could be dealing at the NBA trade deadline

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker