FRISCO, Texas – He might have been a snubbed in December, but Sean Lee is officially a Pro Bowler now.
Lee was added to the Pro Bowler roster as an alternate on Tuesday afternoon, as Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly will be unable to participate in the game due to injury.
The addition of Lee gives the Cowboys six Pro Bowlers following a 13-3 season in 2016. Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick and Zack Martin were all named to the all-star game last month.
There was confusion and frustration when Lee was left off the initial roster. After all, he finished the season fourth in the NFL in total tackles, with 145 – not to mention 12 tackles for loss. This is his second nomination to the Pro Bowl, as he was honored last year as an alternate, as well.
This is the third major accolade of Lee’s season. He was named as the Cowboys’ nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award last month. On top of that, he was named first-team All-Pro – one of the highest honors in the game – at the end of the season.
Lee and his teammates will have the benefit of working with their own coaching staff when they get to Orlando, Fla., next week. The Cowboys’ coaching staff is going to work the Pro Bowl, where they’ll be able to work with their six players at the week’s practices.