Stephen Jones: Don't bet against Sean Lee

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said he believes Sean Lee will be able to return to form in the future after the middle linebacker tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Tuesday’s organized team activity.

“He’s the last person in the world I would bet against,” Stephen Jones said during an appearance on 1310 The Ticket in Dallas. “There’s no one more intense, more driven and more determined than Sean Lee.”

Jones said he and Jerry Jones had a conversation with Lee since the injury and Lee is “more determined than ever. That’s just the way he’s built.”

Last August the Cowboys signed Lee to a contract extension worth as much as $51 million provided he could stay healthy. He missed five games last season with hamstring and neck injuries, and has yet to play a full season since entering the NFL in 2010.

Lee’s $2.5 million base salary in 2015 is guaranteed. By missing this season, he will miss out on a chance to add an extra $1.5 million to that base salary.

The Cowboys will look at rookie Anthony Hitchens and veterans DeVonte Holloman and Justin Durant to replace Lee this season, but Jones does not doubt Lee will make it back.

“You’ve got to believe at some point something good will happen to him and happen to us,” Stephen Jones said.