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Sean Lee not cleared by team doctors

12/26/2013

IRVING, Texas -- It's doubtful that Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee will play in the regular-season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at AT&T Stadium because of ligament damage in his neck.

Lee still hasn't been cleared by team doctors because he failed neck strength tests.

"I got to get the doctors to clear me so until they do I won't be out there," Lee said. "No, they have not cleared me. I got to wait and it's week-to-week and get tested every week to see how I'll be."

This is the second consecutive season Lee will miss a Week 17 game with a postseason berth on the line.

Last season he was lost after Week 6 with a toe injury that led to surgery.

Lee returned this season and was among the Cowboys' leading tacklers until he injured his hamstring in the first half of the loss at New Orleans on Nov. 10. Lee was supposed to miss three to four weeks but returned after a two-game absence.

Lee then injured his neck Dec. 9 at Chicago and didn't return after the third quarter.

"This is two years in a row I haven't been out there when it matters most," said Lee, who has missed a total of four games this season and 14 the past two seasons combined. "I've tried to work hard to stay on the field and it hasn't happened and I'm excited because we got a lot of good players and we have a guy like DeVonte Holloman ready to step up, but obviously you want to be out there when it counts and it's been disappointing, my health two years ago."

Asked about playing in the Eagles game, Lee said "We'll see. We'll see."