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Franchise First: Lee Wins Monthly Award

For the first time in Cowboys history, a player has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Month.

That would be the surprise element here, not the actual player who received the honor. Certainly it would be linebacker Sean Lee, who has been a phenomenal in three games this year.

Just before the start of the season, the Cowboys named Lee a starter, which forced veterans Keith Brooking and Bradie James into a rotation. That move has proven to be one of the best made by the Cowboys and new coordinator Rob Ryan.

Lee has been all over the field and filling up the stat sheet. Through three games, Lee has two interceptions – both of which have led to scores for the offense. Lee also recovered two fumbles, including one in the fourth quarter Monday night against Washington that clinched the Cowboys' 18-16 win. Lee also has three pass deflections and one tackle for loss.

Lee leads the Cowboys with 36 tackles, with Gerald Sensabaugh second on the squad with just 17. Combined, Brooking and James (18) have exactly half than Lee's 36 tackles, which unofficially ranks third in the NFL, although teams chart their own tackles.

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