Sean Lee's injury creates shuffle in the middle of Dallas D

Sean Lee's injury creates shuffle in the middle of Dallas D

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Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy stiff arms Dallas Cowboys inside linebacker Sean Lee in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011 in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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by GEORGE RIBA

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Posted on November 2, 2011 at 6:58 PM

IRVING - Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee missed practice Wednesday with an injured left wrist, suffered during the first quarter of Sunday's game. As the leading tackler on the team, his absence creates a huge void as the team gets ready to host Seattle on Sunday.

"We'll evaluate Sean day to day," said Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett. "We'll see how he does over the course of the next couple of days, and see if he's able to practice at some point this week, and see how that thing is feeling and if it calms down a little bit."
 
The Cowboys do have veteran experience at the middle linebacker. Guys like Keith Brooking and Bradie James who are expected to pick up where Lee left off.
 
"That's just how it is," James said. "That's the game of football and it's a 16 game season. You'll have injuries and everybody has to play. We'll have to do it by committee, because Sean Lee was balling out of control."

The injury to Lee will not only increase the workload for James and Brooking, but for one rookie linebacker as well.

As of Wednesday, rookie Bruce Carter has had only three workouts in pads with the team. His workload is about to increase dramatically.
 
"It's going to be hard to replace him, but we don't want it to fall off to where he had the defense going," Carter said. "I just want to go out there and give my all but I don't want to go out there with a lot of pressure on me and stuff like that, I just want to play relaxed."
 
Against Philadelphia, Carter was limited to special teams duty and had one tackle to close out the first half.
 
The months of watching since joining the Cowboys as a second-round draft pick are about to end. He's been recovering from an ACL injury since last fall.
 
"Just watching any athlete, you talk to anybody; it kills you just to watch," Carter said.
 
Now the Cowboys are hoping he's ready to step up.

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