One of the best run defenders in the NFL, Lee sets himself apart in coverage. He breaks up passes 20 yards down the seam thrown to receivers. He covers running backs and blows up plays in the backfield. Linebacker DeMarcus Ware might be the best Cowboys defender, but Lee was emerging as the defense's leader. He was playing at a first-team All-Pro level.
In a season when the Cowboys' offense is less explosive than ever, losing Lee is a devastating blow.