Inside linebacker Sean Lee underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn plantar plate and medial and lateral ligaments in his big toe and, according to an unnamed source familiar with the situation, per the Dallas Morning News, the procedure “went well.”
Lee was placed on the injured reserve, ending his season prematurely, a week ago today after team doctors learned that the injury--suffered in week seven against the Panthers--would require season-ending surgery. In order to bolster the position in Lee’s absence, the team added veteran linebacker Ernie Simms, who debuted against the Giants.
After leading the team in tackles in his second NFL season last year, Lee looked poised to repeat as the tacklingest Cowboy in 2012--and, in fact, even after missing the Giants game, he remains in the team lead in that category at the moment, and is tied for the team lead in interceptions, with one.
Last week, Lee seemed optimistic about his prospects moving forward, following this week’s surgery.
“The good thing about this is the injury and the whole point of getting the surgery to correct it and not have injuries going forward,” Lee said, per the Morning News. “If I didn’t correct it it would be tough for me to even play this year and it could lead to further issues and I might not get back to where I was. Getting the surgery pretty much guarantees I’m not going to have issues going forward.”
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