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ILB Dan Connor on Starting: "It's Bittersweet For Me"

Connor will start in place of Sean Lee, who suffered a season-ending toe injury against Carolina

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    Veteran linebacker Dan Connor will step into a starting inside linebacking job this week with Sean Lee done for the season, but due to the way he won the job, he’s hardly over the moon about seeing increased snaps.

    You don’t want to do it like that, not at all,” Connor said, per ESPN Dallas. “It’s terrible. It’s not a good feeling for me either. I talked to him on the phone last night and he’s put on a brave face, but I’ve been in that type of situation and it’s not a good feeling to step in and play for him. It’s bittersweet for me.”

    Connor, who signed a two-year deal with the Cowboys as a free agent this offseason, went on to say that he expects the team to use a platoon system in trying to fill the considerable void left by the defensive co-captain and 2011’s leading tackler.

    “It’s hard to say one guy's going in there and will do what Sean Lee does,” Connor said. “I think he’s the top player in the game at that position. We’ll get a couple of different guys who are good at certain things and do it that way.”

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