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Cowboys LB Problems Getting Worse; Sean Lee Not Returning for 6 Weeks

When it comes to the ' linebackers, the poor keep getting poorer. After losing for 6-8 weeks last Sunday with an , it's being reported today that will not be returning to the team until at least Week 8 with his own health issue.

Lee started the season on with a hernia. Under the unique rules in 2020, that meant Sean could have returned as soon as Week 4 after serving the minimum three weeks on IR.

Unfortunately, it sounds like the Cowboys will now be without two of their top-three linebackers until the middle of the season.

These losses left Dallas with just , , and Justin March as fully healthy linebackers on the active roster. was inactive last week as he continues to get over a nagging hamstring injury from camp, but hopefully will be able to contribute in Week 2.

Given how shorthanded they were, it's no surprise that the Cowboys made a move yesterday to add some additional LB depth.

Smith was an undrafted rookie out of Florida Atlantic University who joined the Bears immediately after the draft. He was with them through but failed to make the roster.

According to , the Cowboys had to sign Rashad to their official roster to get him off Chicago's practice squad. They will also have the option to use Francis Bernard in the game this week if they wish; another COVID-19 provision that allows for 1-2 practice squad players to be active in games.

While some are excited to see players like Bernard and Gifford getting more playing time there's no question that Dallas will suffer without Leighton Vander Esch or Sean Lee on the field. Depending on how the next game goes, we'll see if the Cowboys aren't forced to make a more significant move to help the LB group.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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