IRVING, Texas -- During a Friday afternoon interview on 105.3 The Fan, Cowboys injured middle linebacker Sean Lee said he discovered his neck injury is more serious than originally thought.
Lee had a bone scan on Tuesday which revealed no structural damage, but an MRI exam Thursday displayed some ligament damage, which knocked him out of Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers.
"There’s no gray area," Lee said on The Fan. "I kind of have to let it heal for me to be able to even do my job. I wouldn’t probably be able to make it through the game until I let it heal. Hopefully it can heal up faster, and we’ll look at it next week."
Lee was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday but underwent more tests to determine if he could play against the Packers.
With Lee out for the game, Justin Durant takes over at middle linebacker. The Cowboys are expected to play more nickle defense against the Packers, who employ three-receiver sets which force defenses to use an extra cornerback.
The Cowboys were hoping to get some good news for their defense this week with the return of Durant, who missed the previous three games with a hamstring injury and not losing Lee who suffered his injury Monday night against the Bears.
Now, the Cowboys have to scramble, again, with their defensive personnel.
"I was surprised," defensive end DeMarcus Ware said of losing Lee. "I saw him in the meeting and asked, 'Hey, what's wrong? Are you all right?' He was just a little bit upset. Things happen, and you just got to keep rolling and find a way to win this game."