Sean Lee’s 2014 season is officially over.
ESPN’s Field Yates reports that the Dallas Cowboys have placed their defensive captain on injured reserve, a little over a month after he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament on the first day of organized team activities. There were some whispers that Lee might return near the end of the regular season, which would explain why the team held off on making this move, but it appears that was just very wishful thinking.
Lee suffered the same injury but in his other knee in college. He missed five games last year with a season-ending toe injury, and has missed 18 games due to injury since arriving as a second round pick out of Penn State in 2010. With the time lost this year, he will have missed 34 games in his first five seasons in the league.
During offseason workouts, Dallas gave DeVonte Holloman and rookie Anthony Hitchens reps with the first team at Lee’s old middle linebacker spot, but how they intend to replace him when September comes around remains less than clear.
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