Sean Lee hopes to return Sunday

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Sean Lee did not play Sunday because of a dislocated left wrist, but the Cowboys linebacker is hopeful he might be able to play against Buffalo on Nov. 13.

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones went so far as to say Lee would not need surgery. Lee is wearing a splint to protect the wrist and would wear a cast if he is able to play. He went through a pregame workout but that was more to maintain his conditioning than having an opportunity to play against the Seahawks.

"Over the next two days, Monday and Tuesday, we'll look at it again and take another look and see if it's taking the same pattern," Lee said. "If it has, then we should make a decision Wednesday. If they feel I need more time, we'll rest it and see."

Keith Brooking replaced Lee in the starting lineup against the Seahawks and was credited with five tackles. Safety Barry Church, who had two tackles, handled some of the nickel package linebacker job with rookie Bruce Carter. It was the first defensive snaps of Carter's career.

Jones is looking forward to Lee returning.

"We've got a way that is technically a secure way to have him play and function and not risk further injury," Jones said. "He's got to have the swelling down. But that's getting right. Then, he's got to be comfortable himself. But I think that can happen. I'm planning on that happening, and we're planning on that happening."

Because of the position he plays, Lee has to be able to use his arms to shed blockers.

"I can be out there, but if I can't use it there's no point," Lee said. "It's still very weak and that's part of the point."

Todd Archer covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com.