According to reports out of Valley Ranch, the damage sustained to his right big toe may require season-ending surgery. Without a doubt, this could be to be a huge blow for the Cowboys defense to absorb. Lee would be the second starter on defense lost for the season. Safety Barry Church was placed on IR after he tore his Achilles’ tendon.
Lee suffered the injury in the third quarter of the game against the Carolina Panthers. After the game, Lee said he was fine and that he would be ready to go for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants. However, after remaining on crutches days after the incident, he went in for an MRI on his big toe. The results were not in Lee’s favor.
The MRI results showed severe ligament damage, and the Cowboys decided it was best to shut him down for a few games, but it could be the rest of the season. Lee leaves with a team-high 77 tackles, one interception, a forced fumble, two tackles for loss and eight quarterback pressures.
The Giants are probably salivating right now, at the thought of lining up and running it down the Cowboys throats with their new-found running game, but don’t count Bruce Carter out. He may not be as experienced as Lee, but his speed and athleticism rival that of any linebacker in the league.
I fully expect that Carter will get the job done alongside off-season acquisition Dan Connor. Now, the Cowboys must scurry the free-agent wire in an attempt to add depth to the inside linebacker position.
Although Lee may not be able to play another down this season, I fully expect him to recover and get back to what he does best. If we’ve learned anything from Lee; it’s that you can’t keep him down. He’ll be on those sidelines getting his defense fired up. I guarantee it.
I will say that Orie Lemon showed some promise and playmaking ability in the preseason, just trying to remain optimistic here.