Cowboys LB Sean Lee, backup both out 3-4 weeks with injuries

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Linebacker Sean Lee is not going to meet his goal of being healthy for all 16 games. The Cowboys’ leading tackler, along with his backup Justin Durant, will miss three to four weeks with a hamstring injury, a team source confirmed Monday.

Executive vice president Stephen Jones said in a radio interview that Lee’s injury would be “more than one or two weeks.”

Lee, with 112 tackles entering the game, also leads the Cowboys with four interceptions. He was hurt on the first play of the Saints’ first series Sunday night and missed the rest of the game.

“Extremely frustrating,” he said Sunday night. “For me, not being out there, I feel I’m letting people down, letting teammates down, letting the team down. Have to find a way — I’ve talked about it before — to stay on this football field. The only positive from a personal standpoint is I’ll be back from this. I’ll be healthy at some point pretty quick.”

Lee missed a game with a hand injury in 2011 and missed 10 games last year with a broken toe. He missed two games with a hamstring injury as a rookie. He was rehabbing a knee injury when the Cowboys drafted him in 2010.

“I don’t want to miss any games,” he said. “I want to be out there as much as I can. But I try to do everything I can off the field to control it. It’s one of those deals where you have to find a way to overcome it and come back. That’s the only thought, is that I will be able to come back.”

Durant replaced Lee in the base defense before leaving with his own hamstring injury. Ernie Sims, Kyle Bosworth and Cameron Lawrence were left to play alongside Bruce Carter, but nothing slowed down the Saints, who rolled up 625 yards and an NFL record 40 first downs.

Hamstring issue

Stephen Jones said the Cowboys will look at everything, including strength and conditioning coach Mike Woicik, to figure out their problem with hamstring injuries.

“You always evaluate everything,” the Cowboys’ executive vice president said Monday during his radio appearance on KRLD 105.3 FM “The Fan.” “You look at everything when things aren’t going right. The fact that we have had injuries for two years, you have to take a look at everything. Mike Woicik’s one of the best in the business. Probably arguably, I don’t know this for a fact, I think he’s got more Super Bowl rings probably than any strength and conditioning coach in the NFL between the three that he got with us and the three that he got with New England. He’s been around a lot of successful organizations. I think his success speaks for itself.”

The Cowboys suffered two more hamstring injuries Sunday, to linebackers Sean Lee and Justin Durant, against New Orleans.

“You have to look at everything at the end of the day,” Jones said. “We’ll certainly do it again.”

Carlos Mendez, 817-390-7407 Twitter: @calexmendez

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