ARLINGTON, Texas -- Sean Lee missed the final three games of the Dallas Cowboys' regular season because of a neck injury but the team does not believe the injury will affect the middle linebacker's offseason preparation.
"We think this is a time thing," coach Jason Garrett said. "We don't think it's a surgery thing."
Lee suffered a sprained ligament in his neck in the Dec. 9 loss to the Chicago Bears. The Cowboys kept hoping Lee could return for a possible playoff appearance and did not place him on injured reserve.
Lee was replaced by DeVonte Holloman in the starting lineup in the past two games. He finished with 11 tackles, two tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries and two sacks in Sunday's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
"Seemed like he handled the situation well," Garrett said. "He is a young player and really hasn't played that much linebacker. He was a safety when we drafted him who played down around the line of scrimmage. The strides that he made over the course of the season to be able to handle that responsibility is really impressive."