With starting cornerback Mike Jenkins likely out three games, the Cowboys have a healthy Terence Newman and Orlando Scandrick to help fill his void.
With big-play linebacker Sean Lee possibly out with a wrist injury, Rob Ryan’s renegades don’t have the luxury of a solid replacement for the potential Pro Bowl ‘backer.
Lee, a second-year man drafted in the second round out of Penn State, is tied (Brian Urlacher) among linebackers with an NFL-high three interceptions, and his made his presence felt this season with 51 tackles (34 solo), six tackles for loss, five passes defensed, and two fumble recoveries.
With that said, the Cowboys are in a tough position right now concerning Lee’s status – not knowing whether he will play on Sunday against Seattle or miss the remainder of the season.
“I don’t know for sure what the plan is this week,” the former Nittany Lion said, “but I’m definitely going to try to work with the doctors, see how it heals and go from there.”
But what if the Penn State product needs surgery on his wrist?
According to a league source familiar with such injuries, if surgery is required Lee could miss the rest of the season.
“Right now that’s a good deal,” Lee said of not needing surgery, “and so hopefully it’ll stay that way.”
If Lee is sidelined any period of time, look for rookie second-round draft pick Bruce Carter out of North Carolina to get a chance to shine.
“I can’t wait to get out there and show everybody what I can do,” the former Tar Heel standout Carter said.
Although I had Carter highly rated (first-round grade) headed into the ’11 draft, it’s obvious the Cowboys can’t afford to lose a player of Lee’s caliber on the defensive side of the ball.