Sean Lee, who had 12 tackles and a forced fumble against the Giants in the season opener in September and had become a dominating playmaker as the Cowboys’ middle linebacker, will reportedly miss the rest of the season with a toe injury suffered on Sunday in a win over the Panthers.
Multiple media outlets that cover the Cowboys are reporting that Lee will require season-ending surgery on his right big toe. The Cowboys are expected to announce that tomorrow.
That leaves Dan Connor as the starting middle linebacker for the Cowboys in Sunday’s tilt against the Giants … and beyond. Lee is the latest middle linebacker to suffer a season-ending injury, and the second in the state of Texas. He joins the Texans’ Brian Cushing (knee) and the Ravens’ Ray Lewis (triceps) as potential Pro Bowlers who are not expected to return this season.
Lee was the Cowboys’ leading tackler with 77. The Cowboys are also likely to be without their starting running back, DeMarco Murray, who has a sprained foot. Felix Jones, Murray’s backup, had to come out of the game on Sunday with a bruised knee. Their statuses will be updated on Wednesday.