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.
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) is reportedly making good progress while on injured reserve, Rob Phillips of the Cowboys' official site reports. Lee's timetable for return is still up in the air. The Cowboys will be on a short week following Monday's matchup with the Cardinals, while Lee appears to be trending in the right direction to return at some point in the next few weeks.
Lee is expected to be out six weeks after having undergone sports hernia surgery, Jane Slater of NFL Network reports. Lee began the season on injured reserve, and it looks as though his first opportunity to be promoted to the active roster won't come until mid-October. By the time Lee is able to return, Leighton Vander Esch (collarbone) could also be nearing a return to the field.
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