Cowboys’ hot routes: Sean Lee is totally Pittsburgh — except for the Steelers

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5 reasons Sean Lee’s heart is in the Pitt

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee grew up 11 miles outside of Pittsburgh, so that’s home for him. He loves the city and goes back when he can to pull for his Penguins and Pirates. The Steelers? Left them behind a while back. But he’s Pittsburgh through-and-through, and he talked about what he loves about the city:

1 “The people are great. You’ve got blue-collar people who like to work hard and like sports. So I was a big sports fan.”

2 “Pittsburgh’s known for the Primanti Brothers sandwich. It’s fries and kind of Italian cole slaw on top of these two big Italian breads. Really good late-night food, like 2:30, when you’re done having fun with your friends.”

3 “If you go down along the river, it’s pretty when you come to the town, when you come to what’s called Mount Washington. It’s beautiful where you see all the bridges, you see the rivers, you see the point, you see the stadiums.”

4 “There’s a lot of great areas in Pittsburgh. There’s the South Side, the Shadyside, there’s Oakland. Then there’s a lot of townships outside that are really nice.”

5 “If you’re going to go out in Pittsburgh, I would guess most people would say South Side. It’s Carson Street. It’s basically 15 blocks of bars and restaurants. Or Station Square, which is a lot of fun. And Shadyside. Those particular areas have a lot of different spots.”

Beach day

Instead of the afternoon practice, the Cowboys got a day at the beach Wednesday. But barely. Coach Jason Garrett put a challenge out — he broke everyone up into six groups, assigned them a quarterback, and if the quarterback could hit the crossbar with a throw from 35 yards, it was a day off for everybody. Every quarterback missed, even trick shooter Alex Tanney, although Nick Stephens came very close twice. Then Garrett took his second throw, and apparently hit it. Apparently, because even though the throw appeared to miss, the team got the day off. “Why is it disputed?” Garrett said with a laugh in his daily news conference. Because it missed? Garrett smiled, “It looked like the crossbar to me.”

Sean, meet Dick Butkus

Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus addressed the team Wednesday during the walk-through, and afterward, coach Jason Garrett made sure he met Sean Lee. “Who’s the greatest middle linebacker ever to play? Dick Butkus is. So if you’re a linebacker playing in this league, and you love the game and you have a passion for the game as much as Sean Lee does, I think that’s a natural connection,” Garrett said. He added that he thought Lee was “a little intimidated” to meet the famed linebacker. “I don’t know that he wanted to go up to him. I just made sure that that happened.”

Injury report

LB Alex Albright, back, 1-2 weeks

WR Cole Beasley, foot, 1 week

CB Morris Claiborne, knee, day-to-day

OG/C Ryan Cook, back, day-to-day

DE Tyrone Crawford, Achilles’, out for season

OG Ray Dominguez, shoulder, 1-2 weeks

S Eric Frampton, hamstring, 1-2 weeks

S Matt Johnson, ankle/foot, 1-2 weeks

OG Kevin Kowalski, knee, 2-4 weeks

OG Ron Leary, knee, undetermined

DT Sean Lissemore, groin, 1-2 weeks

OG Nate Livings, knee, 2-4 weeks

DT Jay Ratliff, hamstring, 1-2 weeks

LB Ernie Sims, groin, 1-2 weeks

DE Anthony Spencer, knee, 2-3 weeks

CB B.W. Webb, ankle, returned to practice

OT Darrion Weems, chest, returned to practice

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