Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee doesn’t have to be on the field to be a leader for the defense and the team as a whole and, as such, head coach Jason Garrett wants Lee to be around the team as much as possible as he begins the long road to recovery from a torn ACL.
“Sean’s had injuries in the past and he’s been on injured reserve and not been one of the members of the 53-man roster and he’s been in meetings at 7:30 in the morning throughout the season,” Garrett said, per ESPN Dallas. “He’s just one of those guys who wants to contribute. He wants to help our football team anyway he can. First and foremost for him is getting that knee better. That’s the No. 1 thing he has to do every time he wakes up in the morning, but he’s such a positive person, such a positive influence on everybody around him, coaches and players alike, that we want him around as much as we can have him around.”
Lee underwent successful surgery on Thursday to repair the ACL, which was torn during a non-contact team drill on the first day of OTAs last month. Garrett and the Dallas staff have made clear that they have the utmost faith in Lee’s ability to bounce back, even given his history with injury.
“It’s going to take some time,” Garrett said. “We all understand that. He understands that. He’s been down this road before. He’s as mentally tough a guy as I’ve ever been around. He has as much passion for this game and for being great in this game as anybody I’ve ever been around, so those are all really positive things for his rehab. ... We’re going to be aggressive, more aggressive than the common citizen, but having said that we’ve got to make sure we give him the right time.”
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