Cowboys LB Lee visits children’s hospital

Sean Lee joined nine of his Cowboys teammates Monday morning at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. Lee won’t be able to play until next season, but a day after the Cowboys improved to 8-6 and kept playoff hopes alive, the former second-round pick wasn’t feeling sorry for himself.

The Cowboys inside linebacker has been out for the season since suffering a toe injury on Oct. 21. Visiting with patients and their families proved to be good medicine for the 26-year-old.

“It’s a really great perspective for us to see these kids and see them fighting,” Lee said. “It shows us that anything we’re dealing with doesn’t compare to what they’re dealing with.”

Lee’s presence wasn’t a surprise considering how much he has remained around his teammates since the injury. Lee is still often seen walking the halls at the team’s Valley Ranch practice facility and standing on the sideline during games. Not all players do the same after they are placed on the injured reserve list.

Lee has taken that approach because he says it helps him cope with the setback. And no longer needing to use crutches reassures him that he is headed down the right path to recovery.

“The best part about the injury is that every step you take, you get a little more motivated because you become more and more normal,” Lee said. “Each process you’re kind of working to each plateau, so it’s nice to be normal and on my way to being back to where I can work and become a better football player.”