Sean Lee’s 2014 season came to a dismaying end last week before it ever started, when he suffered a torn ACL on the first day of the first round of OTAs at Valley Ranch. But Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones remains confident that if anyone can bounce back from this latest career setback, Lee can.
“As far as Sean and his history there, he’s the last person in the world I’d bet against, because there is no one more intense or more driven and more determined than Sean Lee,” Jones told 1310-AM The Ticket, via the Dallas Morning News. “I had a good visit with him. Jerry had a good visit with him. He’s more determined than ever. That’s just the way he’s built. You got to believe at some point, something good will happen to him and happen to us.”
Arguably the Cowboys’ best defensive player when healthy, Lee’s injury leaves a big void in the defense. The team hopes this is where fourth round pick Anthony Hitchens comes into play. Hitchens replaced Lee with the first team defense last Tuesday after he was helped off the practice field.
“Obviously we have a commitment with Sean, and we’re committed to him,” Jones said. “I know he’s going to go to work and get that knee back in great shape, and we’ll fire at it again next year. Obviously, we’ll continue to get reinforcements. That’s one of the reasons we drafted Anthony Hitchens. He was penciled in from Day One as a [middle linebacker]. We had some other options there, but we felt like with Sean’s history with injuries that we needed to have a strong player there.”
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