IRVING, Texas – The optimism that is flowing through Valley Ranch these days stems from two forms of reality:
1) The Cowboys are tied for first place in the NFC East despite their 5-5 record and own the tiebreaker advantages currently having beaten all three teams in the division. They’ve also beaten the Eagles, the team currently tied for first, on the road just a few weeks ago.
2) The Cowboys should get plenty of players back from injury after this weekend’s bye and heading into the Nov. 24 game with the Giants.
However, there is one position that won’t be settled just yet and that’s at middle linebacker.
So imagine the frustration
“It’s frustrating. I want to be on the field,” said Lee, who missed 10 games last year with a toe injury that required season-ending surgery. “Obviously I’ve had trouble staying on the field. I take a lot of pride in rehabbing and making sure I’m recovered and ready to go. But I just have to battle back from it.”
Lee signed a six-year, $42 million extension back in August that could be up to $51 million based on playing-time incentives. Obviously, Lee isn’t excited about missing any time, not just for the contract but also as the team’s leader in both tackles and interceptions.
“We’ll see how the rehab goes. It’s just a pull,” said Lee, who also had a hamstring injury that kept him out two games as a rookie in 2010. “It’s similar. I just have to make sure I rehab properly and get back as soon as I can.”
So the Cowboys will head into the bye week unsure what will happen at middle linebacker. Jason Garrett said on Tuesday the club is still evaluating the position with both
Linebacker has been one of the deepest positions on the team through the first 10 games and now it’s one of the weakest.
The Cowboys should be in better shape in the secondary, as
And on offense,
However, linebacker is now the one position that has the Cowboys scrambling to fill the void.