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Cowboys Must Protect LB Sean Lee From Himself

The ' much maligned through the first four games of the is an entirely different unit with and without All-Pro LB . The reality of playing without Lee, once an expectation, was realized in last week's home loss to the LA Rams.

The Cowboys conceded 412 yards to the Rams without Lee on the field, a week removed from having Lee in their win at the Cardinals.

While the challenge in front of the Cowboys this afternoon is , the , and a shot at redemption against the team that has ended two of their last three seasons, the challenge moving forward for Dallas into their week six bye will be getting more players healthy and finding their form when it matters the most.

Sean Lee is a warrior. There are few players in the entire NFL that will feel as helpless as him when put in the situation of sitting out and watching his teammates struggle without him.

Giving him two weeks to heal and face the 49ers in week seven on the road needs to be the Cowboys' priority though, as both Lee's value and the importance of the talent around him can still be realized against the Packers.

Assuming Sean Lee is inactive and not able to go today, will still get to see back at LB along with at DE.

Against a Green Bay Packers team that has thrown the football 161 times this season and ran it just 84, putting another pass rusher on the field along with a physical like Hitchens should still give 's defense a fighting chance to slow down Aaron Rodgers and keep the Cowboys in this game.

Ideally, Sean Lee is leading a Dallas defense into December – with meaningful football left to be played for a unit that will only take strides to improve each week with the amount of young talent on the field. Whether they are 3-2 or 2-3 on the season through five weeks will mean little, especially in the long-term for Lee.

This isn't to say that this second of consecutive home games isn't massively important for the Dallas Cowboys today.

The General's competitive drive and qualities will have to spark someone else on to step up defensively this afternoon and, as would put it, take advantage of an opportunity.

Sean Lee did not practice this week and is listed as questionable against the Packers officially.

Sean Martin
Sean Martin
Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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