Cowboys’ Sean Lee expected to return, Morris Claiborne out for Week 14

12/8/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThe Dallas Cowboys are set to face the Chicago Bears with a fairly healthy defense, after dealing with depleted depth across the unit over the past few weeks. The team will likely have several previously injured players - star linebacker Sean Lee included – back in the lineup on Monday. Only cornerback Morris Claiborne has been ruled out for the game with certainty.
 
Lee has been sidelined for the past three weeks with a hamstring injury. The four-year pro strained his hamstring in the Week 10 loss to the New Orleans Saints and missed the past two games recovering from the injury. The Cowboys came out of both games with victories. In Lee’s absence, the team started veteran Ernie Sims at middle linebacker against the New York Giants and Oakland Raiders.
 
Now, Lee is set to get back in the game after being a full participant in practice this week. Additionally, with Justin Durant and DeVonte Holloman also listed as probable in this week’s injury report,  the Cowboys’ could be back to full strength at linebacker if both players are possibly active on Monday. Durant has been out for the last two games with a hamstring injury, but was a full participant in recent practices. Hollloman missed the last six straight games with a neck injury.
 
The Cowboys did a decent job of filling the gaps over the last few weeks. However, Lee’s return will add a marked improvement to the Dallas defense, which will need everyone to step up in a big way in order to slow down the Bears receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. The Cowboys need a big win against the Bears if they hope to retain their slim lead in the NFC East, with just four games left in the regular season.
 
The 27-year-old Lee is second on the Cowboys’ defense with 93 total tackles and leads the unit with four interceptions this season. Lee also totalled six pass deflections over the first 10 games, before missing time with the hamstring injury.
 
Meanwhile, Claiborne will continue to be sidelined for the second straight week. He has been slowed down by injuries over the past few weeks.  Claiborne has already missed three of the Cowboys’ past four games due to injuries.
 
The 23-year-old Claiborne last played for the Cowboys on Nov. 24, before re-injuring his hamstring in the 24-21 win over the Giants.
 
“When you have an injury that lingers around … you think you’re over it,” Claiborne said via the Shreveport Times, “then you go back to doing your job and it’s hindering you again and then it sets you back.”
 
“It’s really tough,” Claiborne continued. “If I can’t be there to help, it’s hard just standing around.”
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