Sean Lee LB DAL 2 Months

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Friday that Lee (knee) will likely play weakside linebacker when he returns to action in 2015, Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News.

Lee is one of the better linebackers in the NFL, but he has had serious trouble staying healthy the last few seasons, and the Cowboys may move him off of the middle linebacker position to both minimize their risk and limit his snaps. It's far too early to call this a final decision, but it appears Lee may have ceded the starting middle linebacker job to the rejuvenated Rolando McClain for good.

Sean Lee LB DAL 6 Months

Cowboys placed MLB Sean Lee on injured reserve, ending his season.

Sean Lee LB DAL 6 Months

Cowboys MLB Sean Lee underwent surgery on his torn left ACL Thursday.

Doctors also repaired a "small meniscus tear." According to coach Jason Garrett, the Cowboys have yet to decide if Lee will begin training camp on injured reserve or the active/PUP list. Either way, Lee is facing long odds of making a Melvin Ingram-esque return late this season.

Sean Lee LB DAL 6 Months

Coach Jason Garrett revealed MLB Sean Lee (knee) will undergo surgery to repair his torn ACL on Thursday.

Some are holding out hope that Lee can make a Melvin Ingram-like return to the lineup in December. Ingram tore his ACL around the same time last year and played the final four regular season games and in the playoffs. ESPN Dallas isn't taking the bait, and expects Lee to miss the entire year. Justin Durant has been running with the ones at MIKE 'backer. Rookie Anthony Hitchens is also in the mix.

Sean Lee LB DAL 7 Months

ESPN Dallas doesn't expect Sean Lee (ACL surgery) to return this season.

There's been some thought that Lee could be stashed on short-term I.R. in hopes of making a late-season impact, but the Cowboys aren't going to rush back a player with his injury history. Lee is facing a 8-12 month recovery timetable and should spend the entire 2014 season on injured reserve.

Sean Lee LB DAL 7 Months

Cowboys ILB Sean Lee will get a second opinion on his torn left ACL, but will likely undergo surgery in 2-3 weeks.

CBS' Jason La Canfora confirms Lee is dealing with "no other ligament issues." We'd be shocked if the second opinion did anything other than confirm Lee's initial diagnosis.

Sean Lee LB DAL 7 Months

Chargers OLB Melvin Ingram returned from a 2013 ACL tear suffered on May 14 to play in San Diego's final four regular season games.

Ingram also contributed in the playoffs, starting twice and compiling six tackles to go with an interception. Cowboys MLB Sean Lee's ACL tear occurred on May 27, so he's just two weeks behind Ingram. Dallas has yet to place Lee on injured reserve, perhaps in hopes of a late-season impact. The Cowboys would have to stash Lee either on the reserve/PUP list or I.R./designated for return.

Sean Lee LB DAL 7 Months

The Cowboys see Sean Lee's rehab as an 8-12 month process.

Although Lee did not sustain any other ligament damage Tuesday outside of his torn left ACL, he will miss the entire 2013 season. The only silver lining is that he should be truly ready for the 2015 season, unlike recent players that rushed back too quickly from their tears (Robert Griffin III). IDP owners need to get fourth-round rookie Anthony Hitchens on their radar.

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Cowboys ILB Sean Lee has been diagnosed with a torn left ACL, and is expected to miss the entire 2014 season.

The poor just got poorer on defense. Had Lee's (latest) injury occurred a month or two earlier in the offseason, he might have been a candidate for injured reserve/designated to return, but there's little reason to believe that will be the case now. It's the second ACL tear of Lee's career, though the first came to his right knee at Penn State. Lee missed significant time the past two seasons with toe, neck and hamstring issues, and has rarely been healthy since high school. He's an All-Pro talent with third-team injury luck. The Cowboys could be forced to turn to fourth-round rookie Anthony Hitchens in Lee's absence. A defense that was the worst in the league last season could be even worse in 2014. Jerry Jones' cap mismanagement has led to an embarrassing lack of depth.

Sean Lee LB DAL 7 Months

The Cowboys expect an official diagnosis of ILB Sean Lee's left-knee injury by Wednesday morning.