NFL offers 'pointers' after Sean Lee injury

June, 3, 2014
Jun 3
4:21
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IRVING, Texas -- The NFL Players Association has decided not to pursue any action against the Dallas Cowboys as a result of Sean Lee's season-ending knee injury, according to ESPN's Ed Werder, but the NFL has had contact with the club.

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"They have evaluated a couple of our practice sessions and given us some pointers, but I don't think we've done anything (wrong)," executive vice president Stephen Jones said. "Jason (Garrett) has always done a good job of playing by the rules and I think obviously they looked at that and say that we were but at the same time I think we all have to take notes and get better. We need to do it better and hopefully do it to where you don't have anything unfortunate happen."

Jones would not divulge what those pointers were.

"More than anything it's just remembering that they are OTAs and there's a standard that they recommend," Jones said. "In some cases, any time you get men who are competitive then the intensity level can rise and it's up to our coaches and up to them to keep everything in check ... We're all on the same page to keep these guys healthy."

Jones confirmed on Tuesday that Lee suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during the Cowboys' first organized team activity on May 27. On the play, Lee's leg buckled before he was hit by guard Zack Martin, who was attempting to make a block on a screen pass.

Per in the collective bargaining agreement, there is to be no contact during OTAs and minicamp. Players are not in pads. If teams are in violation of the offseason rules, they are subject to fines.

Jones and coach Jason Garrett said they believe Lee suffered the injury before the contact with Martin. Garrett said he starts every team meeting reminding players about the need to practice the right way.

"We don't want the contact," Garrett said. "We don't want guys going to the ground. We've evaluated that play. We think that the injury happened before the contact, but again we don't want it to be that physical."

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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