DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) - When Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee dislocated his left wrist on the final play of the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday, it stripped Rob Ryan's defense of its best tackler.
The injury happened when Lee tried to tackle Eagles quarterback Michael Vick and his left wrist was awkwardly bent backward on his attempt.
Todd Archer from Dallas radio station KESN wrote that "Lee visited with Dr. Bo Frederick, a hand and wrist specialist, today [Oct. 31st] in Dallas to determine the extent of the injury. If Lee can play, he would wear a cast, although surgery remains a possibility."
According to Archer, one league source with knowledge of such injuries, said that if Lee is to have surgery, he could possibly miss the rest of the season. The source also adds that a player would typically need up to three months of recovery time, based on the extent of the damage.
Jerry Jones, Cowboys owner/general manager, joined New School on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas Tuesday morning and added to Lee's injury status.
"That is a concern. Relatively speaking, we got some good news and have the opportunity to cast that up [left wrist]," Jones said. "He has some ligament damage, but still I think from what I heard, we could cast him up [and have him play].
Lee, himself, says that despite his dislocated wrist, he will attempt to play against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
"I don't know for sure what the plan is this week," Lee said. "But I'm definitely going to try to work with the doctors, see how it heals and go from there."
With the possible absence of Lee, Dallas would have to rely on their veterans Keith Brooking and Bradie James to fill the roles at starting inside linebackers. Rookie Bruce Carter, fresh off of recovering from a torn ACL, started practicing just two weeks ago and will serve as the backup. The Cowboys also have the option to use a member of the team's practice squad--inside linebacker Orie Lemon.
As of this morning, the speculation is that Lee will not need surgery-- news that Lee finds comforting.
"Right now that's a good deal and so hopefully it'll stay that way."
Lee, a fan favorite, will certainly have his injury be under close watch from more than just his team.
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