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Cowboys' Sean Lee: I'd rather get hurt than 'go soft'

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee has yet to play a full 16-game schedule in his NFL career.

Entering the final season of his rookie contract, Lee, who missed the final 10 games of the 2012 season with torn ligaments in his right big toe, said he isn't going to change the way he plays.

"I'm going to try to play a certain way, play hard," Lee told KTCK-AM Tuesday, via the Dallas Morning News. "I don't think I would be successful if I didn't play that way. I'd rather cut a few years off my career and play the right way than go soft and not play right. If injuries come, they come. But I'm going to sellout on the field and try to sellout every game. I think that's the only way we really can win, if everybody does that."

Lee said last week he is "pretty much 100 percent" and plans to be healthy enough to participate in organized team activities next week.

He will play a key role in the middle of new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin's Tampa-Two scheme. He told the radio station he has been studying Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs and former Bear Brian Urlacher to learn how to play the scheme.

The 26-year-old might try to pick up some tips on longevity from Urlacher and Briggs as well.

Follow Kevin Patra on Twitter @kpatra.

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