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.
Lee followed up his huge 18 tackle performance in Week 14 with another double-digit effort. Although he was questionable heading into the evening, the veteran linebacker was the only Cowboys defender to play all 70 snaps. He will look to carry his momentum into Week 16 against the Seahawks.
Lee returned from the hamstring injury in last week's win over the Giants, notching 18 tackles along with his first interception of the season. He was held out of Friday's practice, but it now appears his absence was just a precaution. Lee's availability is bad news for the entire Oakland offense, as he's easily the most valuable player in the back seven of the Dallas defense.
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