After being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the draft, Sean Lee came to Valley Ranch as a prospect lauded for his upside. He was smart. He was physically gifted. He was a player with first round talent who slipped to the second round due solely to injury.
But as the Cowboys have found out, that “injury” thing can present some problems.
Lee will come into Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans healthy for the first time since week one, when he strained a hamstring covering a punt early against the Washington Redskins. Head Coach Wade Phillips has decided since training camp that he doesn’t think Lee would be well-suited for work as the nickel linebacker--the role most felt he would fill when drafted, and certainly after Dallas traded Bobby Carpenter.
But there is a chance that Lee could be used in the team’s base package as early as this weekend, and this is an opportunity that the finally-healthy rookie doesn’t want to spoil.
“I want to put myself in a position where if [starters Keith Brooking or Bradie James] have to come out for whatever reason, I can go in there and play at a high level and not go in there and them feel less confident when I’m in the game,” said Lee, per ESPN Dallas. “I feel like I can do that. If Brook needs to come out for any reason, I feel like I can step in and execute well and play until he comes back in.”
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