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DALLAS - In football terms, Sean Lee has shown great range in the first three starts of his NFLcareer, making plays all over the field.

And the NFL is obviously taking notice.

The league named Lee the NFC Defensive Player of the Month today. Lee becomes the first Cowboy to ever win the award.

In his first three games of his second season, Lee has recorded four takeaways - two interceptions and two fumble recoveries, while leading the club in tackles in all three games. He has a total of 31 stops for the season.

Lee racked up a career-best 12 tackles in the opener against the Jets and an interception return that set up the Cowboys with a first and goal at the one.

Against San Francisco, he posted 11 tackles. And versus Washington, Lee led the team in tackles with eight, one for a loss, added two pass breakups and two more takeaways.

The second-year linebacker from Penn State is just one tackle shy of the 32 tackles in his 2010 rookie season, in which he played in 14 games. He currently ranks second in the NFL in tackles and third in interceptions.

The defensive player of the month awards have been given out by the NFL since 1984.

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