Sources: Cowboys LB Lee to miss 3-4 weeks

Updated: November 11, 2013, 2:05 PM ET

Todd Archer |

IRVING, Texas — If the Dallas Cowboys want to stay atop the NFC East, they will have to do so without linebacker Sean Lee for the next three or four weeks, sources told

Lee suffered a pulled left hamstring in the second quarter of Sunday’s 49-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Lee, who underwent an MRI on Monday, said after the game that he knew the injury was “not good.”

On the short end of the timetable, Lee could miss two games since the Cowboys have a bye this week. Dallas return to the field on Nov. 24 against the New York Giants and plays the Oakland Raiders four days later on Thanksgiving. That could put Lee’s return at Dec. 9 against the Chicago Bears.

“I don’t want to miss any games,” Lee said Sunday. “I want to be out there as much as I can. But I try to do everything I can off the field to control it.

“It’s one of those deals where you have to find a way now to overcome it and come back. That’s the only thought, that I will be able to come back.”

Lee leads the Cowboys in tackles and interceptions and is the heart and soul of the defense. Last season, he missed 10 games with a toe injury.

Lee missed two games as a rookie with a hamstring injury. He missed only one game in 2011 with a dislocated wrist but played a large portion of the season with a bulky cast.

Justin Durant, who replaced Lee at mike linebacker Sunday, is also looking at a three- or four-week absence because of a hamstring strain he suffered in the second half against New Orleans.

The Cowboys moved Ernie Sims to the middle linebacker spot and had Kyle Bosworth play the strong-side spot when they played their base defense.

  • Covered NFL since 1997, Cowboys since 2003
  • Previously covered Bengals and Dolphins
  • Lives in Dallas area with his wife and two children

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