Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee is not expected to play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles after aggravating a hamstring injury in the 27-7 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
And there is a good chance he is out the next three, returning for the Dec. 10 matchup at the New York Giants, according to sources.
The Cowboys are taking it day by day. But they play the Los Angeles Chargers on Thanksgiving four days after the Eagles on a short week and then have another Thursday game against the Washington Redskins on Nov. 30. They will have 10 days off before the Giants’ game in New York.
He could return for the Washington Redskins game or take advantage of the extra time to heal completely, especially since he missed two games early in the season with the same hamstring injury.
“Sean’s going to be missing in action, more than likely,” vice president Stephen Jones said Monday on his radio show on 105.3 The Fan.
Coach Jason Garrett had similar comments during his news conference on Monday.
“We’ll take it day by day and don’t anticipate him practicing certainly immediately this week,” Garrett said. “It might be some time. We’ll see.”
Making Lee’s absence most acute is the poor play on defense when he is not on the field.
The Cowboys were gashed on the ground when Lee was out in losses against the Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay Packers in October and the Falcons slowly took advantage of his departure in the first quarter Sunday.
The Falcons rushed for 115 yards in the final three quarters.
Veteran Justin Durant, who has been inactive the past four weeks, is expected to play a bigger role in Lee’s absence in place of the struggling Jaylon Smith.
The Cowboys made their annual visit to Salvation Army locations in Dallas and Fort Worth on Monday.
They prepared and served plates of the traditional November fare and took pictures with the guests.
The veteran players were in Dallas. The rookies were in Fort Worth. Quarterback Dak Prescott was one of the veterans in Dallas.
“It’s humbling, honestly. It’s a blessing,” Prescott said. “These experiences are truly humbling. I’ll never forget.”
Kick returner Ryan Switzer was among the rookies in Fort Worth.
“My parents instilled that. That’s how we were raised. Treat others how you want to be treated, treat others with respect,” Switzer said. “Obviously, you’re not going to be perfect 100 percent of the time, but more times than not you need to do that. Show appreciation for the blessings you’ve been given.
“They’re just people. We talked about life, talked about football. We enjoyed some food. I was hungry, so it was good to eat.”