But it won't help the team's porous defense in the short term.
Coach Jason Garrett spoke optimistically of Hitchens before the news that Lee would miss the entire season.
"I think all positions have their challenges, no question about that," Garrett said. "There's a mental and intellectual challenge that comes with certain positions. Quarterback would be one of them. Center would be one of them. Mike linebacker would be one of them. But we feel good about the linebacker options that we have. We drafted Hitchens for a reason and we feel like he's a good football player and has some position flex. We'll see how he responds to the opportunity he gets."
UPDATE: NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Lee also has a slight tear in his meniscus, per a source informed of the linebacker's injury. Rapoport added that the Cowboysdon't plan on bringing in any outside veterans to replace Lee at this point. Linebackers DeVonte Holloman, Anthony Hitchens and Justin Durantwill see snaps in Lee's absence.