Sean Lee has passed concussion protocol and is cleared to practice, coach Jason Garrett said on Monday.
Lee sustained his second concussion in a five-week span during a Week 9 loss to Philadelphia, and was forced to miss last Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay. Lee left the Oct. 4 at New Orleans early with a concussion as well.
“We are optimistic [about Lee returning],” Garrett said. “We will take the situation day by day. We anticipate him practicing on Wednesday.”
Lee, 29, has been plagued by injuries his entire career. In six seasons, he has never played all 16 games. Sunday marked the 35th game he has missed in his career.
When he’s on the field, though, Lee is a difference-making linebacker on the weakside of Rod Marinelli’s Tampa 2 scheme. He had 74 tackles, a sack, six tackles for loss and four quarterback pressures through the first eight games.
With Lee sidelined and Anthony Hitchens (ankle) and Rolando McClain (hand/ foot) dealing with injuries, the Cowboys were thin at linebacker. They brought up Keith Smith from the practice squad for Sunday’s game, but waived him on Monday.
In other injury news, cornerback Morris Claiborne’s status is still unknown. He exited with a hamstring injury just before halftime on Sunday.
“We’ll see. We’ll take it day by day,” Garrett said.