Lee allegedly slipped when rookie right guard Zack Martin engaged him during a play, which led to said knee injury. From preliminary reports, the Cowboys fear that Lee tore his left ACL, however the results from his MRI are still pending.
If Lee, in fact, tore his ACL, it will be yet another injury to add to his resume. In 2013, Lee missed five games due to hamstring and neck problems. In 2012, Lee missed 10 games due to a torn ligament in his big toe. In 2011, Lee missed one game after fracturing his wrist. In 2010, Lee missed two games due to hamstring problems.
For the life of me, and this is probably one of my most unpopular opinions, I can’t figure out why the Cowboys made such a financial commitment to Lee. In my opinion, they should have let him walk via free agency. Don’t get me wrong, I know that Lee is a special player when healthy, but when is he healthy?
If you’ve ever talked to me on Twitter, you know that I was very high on now Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly when he was coming out of college, and that I thought that he should have been the player that the Cowboys traded up for in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Unfortunately, that didn’t happen and the Cowboys instead re-signed their middle linebacker in 2013 to a six-year, $42 million contract extension, which looking at hindsight was a huge mistake. It won’t be until the 2017 Season that the Cowboys can move on from Lee’s contract with minimal cap penalties. At that time, cutting Lee would cost the team $3.9 million in dead money, but would free up $6.05 million.