Rookie linebacker Sean Lee’s status for Sunday’s home opener has been thrown into doubt by an injury suffered early in last week’s 13-7 loss to the Redskins in Washington. Lee strained his hamstring in the first quarter, but didn’t tell coaches about the injury until after the game, a decision that will likely ensure his absence against Chicago in week two.
"Part of it was Sean Lee was trying to play hurt," Phillips said, per ESPN Dallas. "I think that hurt us."
Lee played mostly on special teams last week, and was limited to just one snap on defense, but he would have likely been held out altogether had coaches known of the injury.
Indeed, an injury-laden career at Penn State was greatly responsible for Lee ending up with Dallas in the first place. A torn ACL kept him out for the Nittany Lions’ entire 2008 season, and was only one of a slew of ailments that caused concern for teams on draft day. Once in camp with Dallas, after being taken in the second round, Lee was severely limited with a quadriceps injury.
Which is to say, this latest development won’t likely assuage any lingering fears on the part of fans.
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