Sep 22, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Sean Lee (50) in game action against the St. Louis Rams at AT&T Stadium. The Dallas Cowboys beat the St. Louis Rams 31-7. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys have no intention of moving MLB Sean Lee to the outside

The Dallas Cowboys have found a solid franchise middle linebacker in Sean Lee, but he has had a hard time staying on the field the pass two seasons missing a combined 15 games. The idea of moving Lee to the outside in an effort to keep him healthy has been discussed but Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said all those discussions have taken place outside of Valley Ranch and not within the organization.

“We’ve discussed a lot of things and that’s not one of them,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM], via Jon Machota the Dallas Morning News. “To be candid with you, I don’t think that we’re really leaning that way. I think it’s just one of those things where we think we’ve had some tough luck with Sean and I think he’ll overcome that.

“He’s so good in the middle there and leading the way, leading the defense. It’s a natural spot for him to work from. Hopefully, we can keep him there and have the complementary guys around him. If he stays healthy, I know it’ll be a Pro Bowl, if not an All-Pro type year.”

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  • SmartThinking

    With his storied injury history, Lee is hardly the kind of player to mold a defense around. Just as soon as you have your defense in place, Lee stubs a toe or knocks his head into someone whose head is harder. Then, oops, Lee’s out for four or five games a season and the defense goes fizzy.

    When he’s playing healthy, sure, he’s a tough, smart kid. Problem is, you never know when that’ll be.

    If the Dallas brain trust were to draft a bigger, healthier, better MLB and move Lee to an outside, not only would he flourish with less chance of another season-ending injury, but the entire defense would be better as a team for it. Lee’s just too small, too fragile and too off-and-on to be this team’s franchise MLB. Surely big Jones and Garrett and Marinelli have seen what we’ve all watched for the last two years and are making plans to make some needed personnel changes to this defense through the draft.

    Enough is enough with all these continually injured players at key positions.

    • Scott.

      Agree, when he’s on the field he’s a beast. Very instinctive and always around the ball. They have to find a way to keep that talent on the field and if it means moving him then they have to.