Lee unsure of return, surgery no option

DALLAS -- Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Sean Lee is not sure he will be able to play Sunday against the Washington Redskins, but he does not believe he will need surgery.

Lee suffered a sprained ligament in his neck in the Dec. 9 loss to the Chicago Bears. He practiced in a limited fashion twice last week after a CT scan did not reveal any structural damage, but an MRI on Dec. 12 showed the ligament damage and kept Lee from playing against the Green Bay Packers.

"We have to do more tests with the doctors," Lee said. "Until they clear me I won’t be in there. That’s the key. Hopefully they’ll clear me pretty soon."

Lee said he is "week to week," but acknowledged that with two games left in the season he might not be able to return.

"Obviously I’d like to be back as soon as possible, but I don’t know exactly when that is because the doctors have to give me a timetable," Lee said.

The Cowboys also could be forced to make a roster move with Lee because of the injuries they suffered in Sunday’s loss to the Packers. Justin Durant, who replaced Lee at middle linebacker, suffered a hamstring injury in the first half and did not return. Ernie Sims suffered a hip/groin injury on the final play of the first half and is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday. X-rays during the game were negative.

Bruce Carter did not play against the Packers because of a hamstring injury, and he might not be able to play against the Redskins.

The Cowboys were left playing rookies DeVonte Holloman and Cameron Lawrence at middle and weakside linebacker and Kyle Wilber at strongside linebacker. The Cowboys cut linebacker Orie Lemon on Saturday but it is possible he could return to the team.