The Cowboys are aiming to limit the wear and tear on Lee's body, and Tuesday's practice session was an instance of that philosophy. The veteran has yet to play a full season for Dallas, but he will take aim at doing so for the first time in his career in 2018 as the team's projected starting right outside linebacker.
Lee took part in individual drills during Tuesday's minicamp, Todd Archer of ESPN reports.
While he's not dealing with a specific health issue, the Cowboys have been going easy on the oft-injured 31-year-old so far, with Tuesday's appearance on the field being Lee's first in either minicamp or OTAs. While he can't be counted on to play a full 16-game schedule, Lee's per-game IDP production should once again be elite in 2018.
Lee will be held out of practice Wednesday and Thursday, with Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett stating that the team is "working through a couple things with him," Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.
The Cowboys haven't revealed that Lee is dealing with a specific injury, so it sounds like his absence for the next two days may be maintenance-related more than anything else. The veteran linebacker has often struggled to stay healthy throughout his career and was limited to 11 games in 2017, finishing with 101 tackles.
Lee finished the regular season with 101 tackles (70 solo) and one interception in 11 games.
It was the same old story for the extremely talented but fragile veteran. Lee was an IDP dynamo when he was on the field, but he's missed multiple games due to injury in six of his eight NFL seasons -- including the entire 2014 campaign. The 31-year-old will return to his weak-side LB role in 2018, but the Cowboys have to hope that Jaylon Smith or someone else can begin to emerge to eventually replace Lee as the heart and soul of their defense.
Lee made 14 tackles (seven solo) in Sunday's 21-12 loss to the Seahawks.
Active for a third consecutive game after struggling with injuries on multiple occasions this season, Lee extended his streak of games with double-digit tackles to three in Sunday's defeat. He remains an elite linebacker when healthy enough to take the field.
|P4||8/30/18||@ HOU||8:00 pm|
|1||9/9/18||@ CAR||4:25 pm|
|3||9/23/18||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
|5||10/7/18||@ HOU||8:20 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ WAS||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 8|
|10||11/11/18||@ PHI||8:20 pm|
|11||11/18/18||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|