Cowboys LB Lee has hernia surgery, to miss six weeks

Dallas Cowboys veteran linebacker Sean Lee will be sidelined for about six weeks following hernia surgery.

He had surgery last week in Philadelphia, NFL Network’s Jane Slater reported Wednesday.

The Cowboys placed Lee on injured reserve last week, but he will be able to return to the team once recovered. The 34-year-old was limited throughout the offseason because of the condition.

Last season, the two-time Pro Bowl selection played in all 16 games (13 starts) for the first time since the Cowboys drafted him in the second round in 2010. Lee registered 86 tackles, one sack and one interception.

The Cowboys will count on Joe Thomas to play a significant role in the absence of Lee and Leighton Vander Esch, who sustained a broken collarbone in Sunday’s season-opening loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Vander Esch, 24, was a Pro Bowl selection as a rookie in 2018.