In possibly the most painful news possible for Dallas Cowboys fans to start out OTAs, Sean Lee has suffered another injury. This one comes in the form of a torn ACL, and Lee is going to likely be out for the entire season as a result. The linebacker just can’t catch a break, and he’s suffered some tough injuries at the most inopportune times throughout his career.
The Cowboys have to look towards the season though, and they’ll need to figure out who’s going to replace Lee in the starting lineup. Is it a free agent who’s sitting out there, or possibly a young player on the roster? Here’s an option or two in both situations.
One name that immediately comes to mind is Jonathan Vilma. The rumors around Vilma being healthy are definitely a good sign, but he hasn’t played a full season since back in 2010, so that’s a scary situation in itself. Vilma is incredibly talented, and I think he’s the most likely choice.
Another very possible option is Pat Angerer. Angerer would be a great pickup for the Cowboys, but he’s coming back from knee surgery himself. Over just 11 games last season for the Indianapolis Colts, he had 63 tackles and an interception, and in 2011 he had 148 tackles. He’s shown massive potential, and if he can be healthy in time, then I think he’s an excellent choice.
There are two young players on the roster who come to mind as options as well. The first has to be the guy who the team spent a draft pick on this year: Anthony Hitchens. The Cowboys are obviously high on Hitchens, and I’m interested to see what he’s capable of doing.
The other player is Devonte Holloman, who got some play last season when we saw other players go down with injury. Apparently the Cowboys are pretty high on Holloman and believe he can take that next step, but if he really can then we’ll likely find out this season. It’s a brutal situation in Dallas, but the Cowboys are looking to finding the right replacement and are still focused on trying to have an impressive season.