Sep 22, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee (50) after the game against the St. Louis Rams at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, rookie Zack Martin address Sean Lee injury


While the Dallas Cowboys are still awaiting word on the status of linebacker Sean Lee following a knee injury he suffered Tuesday during the first day of OTAs, there is one big issue that needs to be addressed.

Lee suffered the injury when he was blocked and driven to the ground by the Cowboys’ first-round draft pick, Zack Martin. With these being non-contact drills, why was Lee even in that sort of position to suffer the injury in the first place?

Well not long after, both Martin and head coach Jason Garrett addressed the incident from practice on Tuesday that could result in Lee missing the entire season, should the worst-case scenario play out.

Martin just seems either really confused by the situation, or the team told him to say as little as possible.

“I don’t really know what happened, two guys playing hard and running to the ball, so we’ll see what happens,” Martin told the Dallas Morning News. “It sucks to see someone go down. It happens and I can only hope for the best.”

Garrett, on the other hand, seems to readily admit that the injury should have never occurred to begin with, especially since they preach to the players not to go too hard in these workouts.

“We keep preaching, ‘Stay off the ground. Stay off the ground,’” Garrett said. “That’s a really important thing. Injuries happen when guys hit the ground.”

Lee immediately underwent an MRI on the knee that was injured, the opposite one that he infamously injured while still in college at Penn State.

But still, you have to question, especially given Garrett’s comments, how senseless the team having to worry about losing their starting linebacker for the year this early is.

Tags: Dallas Cowboys Jason Garrett NFL Sean Lee Zack Martin

  • Scott.

    Sounds like this might be an over zealous rookie trying to earn his keep. At any rate hope he can be that good with pads on against competition.

    • Old Frog

      Broadus has a different take on it. “There was nothing dirty about the play on Martin’s part and to think otherwise is not correct. If it was a game situation, Martin would have cut that defender, instead he engaged Lee high, but Lee was so badly off balance there was nothing he could have done to prevent the injury.”

      • Scott.

        Sorry, didn’t mean that it was dirty, just that maybe the rookie was going a bit harder than lee expected, especially on first day of ota’s with shorts on. I know your gonna protect that oline, old frog, lol….

        • Old Frog

          It’s ok. Just thinking it looks more like Martin accidentally fell on top of him but it’s very possible the knee had already snapped.

  • SmartThinking

    Nobody wants to see a random injury like this happen to any player. But life goes on. And, in truth, if this kind of injury was going to happen to Lee, or any starting player, better it happen now than later in the season. Why? At least now there’s still time before the hitting starts for real so the Cowboys GM and coaches don’t have to panic but can go about finding a suitable replacement for Lee and get someone who can make an impact in the middle for this team without needing a standby EMT.

    Again, it’s unfortunate. But, there’s an ever so small silver lining in every crappy little thing that happens to most people. You just have to look for it. And, in this case, maybe this team can get a MLB who’s not so fragile and one that can last the season.

    Three other ancillary notes on this subject: 1. Where was Garrett and why was there not a clear order given to all players to play at 1/4 strength? 2. Martin sounds to me like the real deal. Strange as it may sound (and I’m doing my damnest to remain concerned about this kind of injury to Lee, or anyone) it’s good to see an offensive line rookie with a mean streak not be bullied by the veterans and stand up and dish it out. 3. Chances are, Lee was going to get injured sometime during the season again anyway. Unfortunately, it’s proven to be just a part of his physical make up. Dallas should use this unfortunate injury as a wake-up call and find a less damage-prone MLB.

    • Old Frog

      Definitely agree with points 2 and 3 but who’s to say Martin wasn’t playing at 1/4 strength when he pushed Lee?