Sean Lee cleared, will play against Patriots

IRVING, Texas – Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee has been cleared from the concussion that knocked him out of last week’s game and will play Sunday against the New England Patriots.

“I feel great,” Lee said. “I went through all of the protocol this week and I haven’t had any symptoms.”

Lee, who is listed as probable, was forced from the game after a tackle of New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson.

“I tried to put my shoulder on him, [but] he ducked his head and I missed on the hit and kind of hit me on the temple,” Lee said. “It shook me up a little bit.”

Lee said this was the second concussion he has suffered. He suffered one his rookie year on a kickoff against the Washington Redskins that was more severe than what he suffered against the Saints.

Having Lee back to face Tom Brady is essential for the Cowboys. Despite missing the final three quarters of the Saints’ loss, Lee remains tied for the team lead in tackles with 37, according to the coache’ breakdown. He also has a sack and a team-high three tackles for loss, two quarterback pressures, one interception and two pass deflections.

For the first time Lee will play alongside Rolando McClain, who will make his debut after missing the first four games due to a suspension. Defensive end Greg Hardy also will play for the first time since his four-game suspension ended.

“I think it’s nice to get two of our guys back that can play at a high level,” Lee said. “I think building continuity, playing better each week, is something we have to do. We started the year strong and I think the last two weeks we haven’t played at the level we want to play. Getting these guys back healthy, it’s a whole group effort, we need to get better and better.”

Dez Bryant (foot), Randy Gregory (ankle) and Brice Butler (hamstring) have been ruled out but all three could be back Oct. 25 against the New York Giants. Tight end James Hanna is questionable with an ankle injury but did not practice this week. Ryan Russell (groin) and Andrew Gachkar (foot) are probable.