Lee announced his retirement Monday following 11 seasons with the Cowboys, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports. Lee entered the league in 2010 as a second-round pick out of Penn State. During his stint with Dallas, the 34-year-old emerged as a leader of the team's defense and earned a pair of Pro-Bowl nods (in 2015 and 2016). Though Lee endured his share of injuries over the years, he was an IDP asset when healthy, racking up 804 tackles and 14 picks over the course of 118 games.
Lee recorded 20 tackles (11 solo) over nine games in 2020. The two-time Pro Bowler once again dealt with injuries, and even when Lee was healthy enough to be on the field he struggled to make the kind of impact he used to. He's a free agent who will turn 35 over the summer, and while the Cowboys would welcome him back for another year to add some veteran savvy to the linebacker room if he wants to continue his career, Lee could well decide to hang up his cleats instead. If he does play in 2021, his days of being an IDP asset are well behind him.
Lee had one tackle and played only four snaps during Sunday's loss to the Eagles, but coach Mike McCarthy said his limited playing time was simply the result of gameflow, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports. McCarthy said the veteran linebacker was expected to play 10-to-12 snaps, but he instead barely ended up seeing the field. Lee missed the first seven weeks of the season with a sports hernia, and it remains to be seen if he'll play a significant role on the Dallas defense this year.
The Cowboys activated Lee (sports hernia) from injured reserve Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Lee will make his season debut Sunday versus the Eagles. It remains to be seen how much the 34-year-old linebacker plays, especially with offseason-addition Aldon Smith performing well at strong-side linebacker. Lee has been a dependable fantasy asset in the past when healthy, but those days may be behind us.
Lee (sports hernia) has been designated to return from injured reserve, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Thus begins the three-week window during which Dallas can either elect to bring Lee back onto the active roster, or alternatively designate him for season-ending IR. The two-time Pro Bowler has been oft-injured in recent seasons, missing at least five games over three of the past four years. He's yet to make an appearance in 2020, but if Dallas can get him back in the near future things would suddenly be looking up at linebacker. Leighton Vander Esch just made his second appearance of the season on Monday night against the Cardinals, after sitting out Weeks 2 through 5 with a collarbone injury.
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