Cowboys’ LB Sean Lee Undergoes Hernia Surgery, Out for Six Weeks

Sean Lee in 2018. Photo by Trask Smith/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Dallas Cowboys’ linebacker Sean Lee will have to wait a bit longer for his debut in the 2020 NFL Season. After starting the season on the injured list, Lee is now set to miss at least six more weeks, having recently undergone hernia surgery.

According to NFL Network’s Jane Slater, Lee had the surgery last week, and the Cowboys hope to have him back at some point in October.

This isn’t the first time Sean Lee misses time, as the 34-year-old LB built a reputation of being injury-prone since entering the league in 2010 as Cowboys’ second-round pick. As a matter of fact, 2019 was the only season in which he played full 16 games. Lee finished the last season with 86 tackles, 1.0 sacks, one interception, and four passes defended.

Cowboys are already thin at linebacker, as they previously lost Pro Bowler Leighton Vander Esch to collarbone injury in Week 1. Vander Esch is also expected to be out at least six weeks.

Reportedly, Dallas is looking to make up for the absence of Lee and Vander Esch from within, although free-agent additions are not out of the question. The name that pop-ed up in conversations is veteran Clay Matthews, who recently failed to finalize a move to Denver Broncos. If signed, Matthews would be reunited with Mike McCarthy, who was his coach with Green Bay Packers.