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The NFL Players Association is looking into the play that ended Sean Lee’s season on Tuesday, according to ESPN Dallas.
Lee suffered a torn left ACL during the first day of OTAs, after colliding with rookie right guard Zack Martin. The NFLPA’s interest was piqued because, as you may have heard, OTAs are supposed to contain no live contact, though “live contact” is not a well-defined term in the framework of the collective bargaining agreement.
"No live contact is permitted,” the CBA reads. “No one-on-one offense vs. defense drills are permitted (i.e., no offensive linemen vs. defensive linemen pass rush or pass protection drills, no wide receivers vs. defensive backs bump-and-run drills, and no one-on-one special teams drills involving both offense and defense are permitted).”
Ultimately, what happened to Lee was just an unfortunate accident during a standard team drill. But the NFLPA will do their due diligence, because taking any issue of player safety seriously is a major part of what the union does.
"We talk a lot about how to practice and understand that we’re going to be in competitive situations, but the guy across from you is your teammate," said head coach Jason Garrett. "We understand that we have helmets and jerseys on, and we really emphasize players staying off the ground and how you compete against each other. Really get some productive work done early in the down, and then once it gets into a skirmish or competitive situation like it would be in a normal play, you kind of back off of that. So you try to be as productive as you can in the environment that you’re in and make it competitive, but also understand who you’re competing against."
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