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Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee retires after 11 seasons

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FRISCO, Texas — After 11 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, linebacker Sean Lee has decided to retire.

A second-round pick in 2010 out of Penn State, Lee was a two-time Pro Bowl selection (2015, 2016) and the unquestioned leader of the defense for most of his career.

“It’s been a complete honor,” Lee told ESPN. “I’ve been blessed to play for the incredible Jones family, with such great coaches and teammates that I love like brothers. I loved every minute playing and tried to pour my heart, soul into winning and helping my teammates at all costs.

“To say the injuries were frustrating would be an understatement, but the support I received through them all was humbling and the lessons I learned battling adversity will last a lifetime. There are always regrets but I’m proud of what I was able to accomplish and I leave this game grateful.”

Injuries marked Lee’s time with the Cowboys, but when healthy he was one of the best linebackers in the NFL. The 34-year-old led the Cowboys in tackles in 2011, 2015-17 and owns five of the top-seven tackle games in team history, including a record 22 vs. the Giants in 2016. He also had 14 career interceptions, returning two for touchdowns, five fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, 59 tackles for loss and four sacks.

He was credited with 995 tackles for his career, good for eighth in team history. He averaged 8.4 tackles per game, the most among the top-10 tacklers in team history. Darren Woodson, who is the franchise leader with 1,350, averaged 7.6 tackles per game.

Lee missed time with hamstring, wrist, toe, neck, knee, concussion and a core-muscle injury. He missed the 2014 season because of a torn anterior cruciate. He played in nine games last season after undergoing sports hernia surgery in September but was feeling better at the end of the year and contemplated a return for a 12th season.

His impact off the field was just as great as it was on the field.

“As an individual he’s one of the most selfless people that I’ve ever been around,” linebacker Leighton Vander Esch said after the season. “The dude just truly loves the game and he is going to do what’s best for the game. He’s extremely intelligent, he understands it like nobody I’ve been around. He’s just a phenomenal individual — his character bleeds off and is contagious.

“He’s like an older brother to me and I know he wants to see everyone around him succeed and that’s just what’s special about him. If other people are succeeding, (if) the team is succeeding? He’s just as happy as if he was out there doing it. I think it’s special to have a guy like him around. They don’t come around very often.”

Lee’s decision continues an offseason shift for the Cowboys in longevity and leadership as defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford, a nine-year veteran, also elected to retire and the team moved on from 16-year long snapper L.P. Ladouceur.

With Lee and Crawford not returning, DeMarcus Lawrence, a second-round pick in 2014, is the longest-tenured defensive player on the Cowboys. Randy Gregory, a second rounder the following year, is the second.

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Houston Texans coach David Culley deflects questions on Deshaun Watson

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HOUSTON — In his first news conference since 23 lawsuits were filed against Deshaun Watson, Texans coach David Culley declined to answer whether he expects the quarterback to attend the team’s offseason workouts.

The Texans’ organized team activities begin May 24, but attendance is voluntary until the team’s mandatory minicamp starting June 15.

“We have nothing to say about that situation at this time,” Culley said Saturday. “[Texans chairman] Cal [McNair] and ownership a few weeks back indicated about how our organization feels about the situation. I think when [general manager] Nick [Caserio] was on not long ago, he also mentioned that the legal process was in effect right now and we’re going to respect that and go from there.”

Watson is currently facing 22 lawsuits — one of the 23 was dropped by the plaintiff — that allege sexual assault and inappropriate behavior that took place from March 2020 to March 2021.

Culley was speaking for the first time since the first lawsuit was filed against Watson on March 16. In January, less than six months after signing a four-year, $156 million contract extension that goes through the 2025 season, Watson requested a trade because he was unhappy with the process used by the team to hire Caserio.

Culley’s previous session with the media was on March 11, when he said the Texans were “very committed to Deshaun” as their starting quarterback moving forward.

“He is our quarterback,” Culley said in March. “He’s the only guy we got under contract at this time, right now.”

Since then, the Texans have signed quarterback Tyrod Taylor, traded for quarterback Ryan Finley and drafted Stanford quarterback Davis Mills in the third round with their first pick of the draft.

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Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy says he believes Dak Prescott will be cleared for camp

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FRISCO, Texas — Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy says he believes Dak Prescott will be completely cleared for work by the time training camp begins in July, if not sooner.

“I have no reason not to think that,” McCarthy said Saturday. “I think this week in Phase 2 will be a nice step in that direction.”

Prescott’s recovery from the compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle he suffered last October has gone well. He has been at The Star for rehab and workouts and has also been working out with his personal quarterbacks coach.

The Cowboys open Phase 2 of the offseason program with on-field teaching sessions this week. In Phase 3, they will go through organized team activities and the mandatory minicamp that runs June 8-10.

“He’ll do most things,” McCarthy said when asked what he anticipates Prescott will do during the on-field work. “There’s a plan in place that’s coordinated with [athletic trainers Britt Brown and Jim Maurer] and the training room so I know he feels really good. He’s really had some excellent workouts here in the last couple weeks. I’d see him doing most of the work.”

After suffering the injury last October, Prescott was given a four-to-six month recovery period. He had a second clean up surgery in December that was unrelated to the break, but the Cowboys had no worries about making him the second-highest paid quarterback in the NFL with a four-year, $160 million contract.

In the wild-card round of the 2018 playoffs, wide receiver Allen Hurns suffered an injury similar to Prescott and was back on the field taking part in the organized team activities and minicamp.

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Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy expects Dak Prescott to be cleared for training camp

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FRISCO, Texas — Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy believes Dak Prescott will be completely cleared for work by the time training camp begins in July, if not sooner.

“I have no reason not to think that,” McCarthy said. “I think this week in Phase 2 will be a nice step in that direction.”

Prescott’s recovery from the compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle he suffered last October has gone well. He has been at The Star for rehab and workouts and has also been working out with his personal quarterbacks coach.

The Cowboys open Phase 2 of the offseason program with on-field teaching sessions this week. In Phase 3, they will go through organized team activities and the mandatory minicamp that runs June 8-10.

“He’ll do most things,” McCarthy said when asked what he anticipates Prescott will do during the on-field work. “There’s a plan in place that’s coordinated with [athletic trainers Britt Brown and Jim Maurer] and the training room so I know he feels really good. He’s really had some excellent workouts here in the last couple weeks. I’d see him doing most of the work.”

After suffering the injury last October, Prescott was given a four-to-six month recovery period. He had a second clean up surgery in December that was unrelated to the break, but the Cowboys had no worries about making him the second-highest paid quarterback in the NFL with a four-year, $160 million contract.

In the wild-card round of the 2018 playoffs, wide receiver Allen Hurns suffered an injury similar to Prescott and was back on the field taking part in the organized team activities and minicamp.

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