Sean Lee Ruled Out – Awareness Increased, Favorability Rating Dropped

January 11 [Sat], 2014, 11:34

The Dallas Cowboys' starting middle linebacker Sean Lee hasn't been cleared by doctors to practice due to a sprained neck, and a source said it is doubtful he will play in the win-or-go-home game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night.

Lee is Dallas' defensive leader and play-making force on the field but has had trouble getting onto it. He's missed 14 games due to injury since the beginning of the 2012 season. He signed a new seven-year, $42.6 million contract in August.

Lee will not play against the Eagles and that the sprained neck that kept him out of the last two games is more significant than the Cowboys originally thought.

If that’s the case, Lee would presumably also be out for a playoff game should the Cowboys beat the Eagles and win the NFC East. That won’t be easy if they’re missing Lee, especially if Romo is out of the lineup and the offense can’t hang up enough points to make up for a Cowboys defense that gave up plenty of them whether or not Lee’s been in the lineup this year.

Lee has missed the Cowboys' previous two games with the injury and was hopeful he could return for the regular-season finale. Examinations revealed no structural damage.

If Lee’s season is over, it will also be the second straight year that he was out of the lineup because of injury at the end of the season. His year would end with 99 tackles and four interceptions in 11 games. Although Sean Lee gets a lot of attention because of his neck injury, his favorability rating is dropping. reports the sales volume of the Sean Lee jerseys on Facebook has been 32,157 by now, which is 13,473 less than the news of injury came about. Fans hope Lee will come back soon, and the supporting rate will recover when he’s back.

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