Lee Balancing Starter Reps With Sp. Teams

IRVING, Texas --The bye week offers a quick breather for linebacker Sean Lee.

Not because he's injured or banged up, like so many of his teammates. Because he has played virtually every snap on defense as a first-year starter, plus maintained the special teams work he did last year as a rookie (14 tackles).

Lee leads the Cowboys with 35 tackles, tied for 13th in the NFL. He also has three special teams stops, tied for third on the team.

Garrett said veteran linebackers Bradie James and Keith Brooking volunteered to help on special teams while splitting defensive snaps.

"Absolutely you have to monitor (Lee)," Garrett said, "and we've done that already with him the more he's played as a starting linebacker for us and the snaps he's accumulated on defense. We have to keep an eye on that.

"We still think he can be a special teams contributor, but we do that with players all throughout our team. If there's a particular role that they can have, even if they're a starting player we can keep them in that role."

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