Dallas Cowboys

Sean Lee out for Sunday; Anthony Hitchens, Rolando McClain are questionable

Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee is helped up by head athletic trainer Jim Maurer after taking a hit to the head last Sunday.
Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee is helped up by head athletic trainer Jim Maurer after taking a hit to the head last Sunday. AP

Injuries will test the Cowboys’ linebacker depth this week as all three of their starters on the injury report as either out or questionable.

The Cowboys ruled weakside linebacker Sean Lee out of Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers with a concussion. Lee left the Oct. 4 against New Orleans with a concussion.

He has yet to be cleared from the league’s concussion protocol. It is just the latest injury setback for Lee.

In six seasons, he has never played all 16 games. This will mark the 35th game he has missed in his career.

Strongside linebacker Anthony Hitchens (ankle) returned to practice Friday on a limited basis, and the Cowboys list him as questionable.

The team added a foot injury to middle linebacker Rolando McClain’s hand injury, and he, too, is questionable. McClain missed Friday’s practice after being limited Wednesday and a full participant Thursday.

The Cowboys’ backup linebackers are Kyle Wilber, Andrew Gachkar and rookie Damien Wilson.

Receiver Brice Butler (hamstring) will miss his third consecutive game and four of the past five. Starting nose tackle Nick Hayden (both ankles) is questionable after being limited Friday, his first day of practice this week.

The other 10 players on the Cowboys’ injury report are probable, including safety Barry Church (ankle) and receiver Dez Bryant (foot/knee).

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