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If Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee is back, is he OK with a backup role?

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee expects to return to the field on Sunday for the first time in more than a month.

Lee, who has missed the past five games with a hamstring injury is likely to be used in a limited role against the Indianapolis Colts at noon Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

That’s fine with him.

“It’s a non-issue,” Lee said. “I’m just excited to have any role I have to be a part of this team. Our linebacker group is unbelievable group of guys who love to work with each other, love to play. It’s as good a group as I’ve been around. I’m blessed to be with this group.”

Lee has practiced on a limited basis this week and said they’ll make the decision whether he’ll play on Saturday.

“I’m feeling good. I had a great week of practice,” he said. “I’m trying to get in [the game] this week and see what I can do. We’ll see how the next couple of days go.”

Lee missed five games in 2017 because of injuries and has never played all 16 games since his rookie 2010 season.

“It’s’ extremely tough particularly when you put all the work in to be out there with this great group of guys, this team, this defense,” he said. “We have an unbelievable opportunity ahead of us. We still have a lot to do with a lot to prove and I’d like to be a part of that.”

Lee has stayed close to the team over the past five weeks, which has helped with the frustration of missing action. He’s in the meetings, on the sideline during practice and works as a de facto coach during games helping guide young linebackers Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch.

“It’s been great to have him back in practice with us,” Vander Esch said. “You’ve got to love the guy and the intensity he brings. It makes you want to be like him.”

Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence said the entire defense appreciates what Lee brings to the field.

“That’s the general. His communication, his love for the game,” he said. “Everybody on that defense loves playing with 50. He’s going to bring it every chance he gets. It doesn’t matter if his hammy is hurting or not. If he’s got one percent to give you he’s going to give all that one percent. I’m just glad to step back on the field with him.”

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