7:04 AM EDT, Fri June 22, 2018

A Cowboys linebacker not named Sean Lee or Jaylon Smith shut down offense twice at OTAs Wednesday

FRISCO - The navy-clad defenders along the south sideline at Cowboys OTAs on Wednesday broke out into a chant."DE-FENSE!" they interspersed with claps. "DE-FENSE!"The excitement over the fumble recovery - a swipe so quick you might have missed it - was palpable.Then Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett overturned the call.The defense booed Garrett loudly."We're in OTAs, not in pads and don't want to get anyone hurt," linebackers coach Ben Bloom said afterward. "So if there's a fumble, no one's diving on the ground and it's kind of like tie goes to the offense."But even Bloom lauded Cowboys backup...

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Report: Leighton Vander Esch among those not practicing at Wednesday’s OTAs

There’s no need to worry about the first-rounder. Part of the reason the Cowboys drafted Leighton Vander Esch 19th overall was to hedge their bet at the linebacker spot. Sean Lee is fantastic, but his injury history speaks for itself. Jaylon Smith certainly has potential, but to ignore his past would be irresponsible. LVE should provide some stability and insurance. Unfortunately for Wednesday’s OTA, per ESPN’s Todd Archer, Vander Esch was absent due to a sprained ankle. There’s no need to panic by any means, Dallas being cautious is a good thing. Cowboys’ rookie linebacker...


Sean Lee: Cowboys have 'great game plan' to keep me healthy in 2018

Following the stretching portion of Wednesday's organized team activities, Sean Lee headed into the team's weight room. The veteran linebacker didn't take part in practice.The initial sight could be viewed as reason for concern considering Lee's injury history. However, he later assured reporters that he's not dealing with any new setbacks. This is all part of the Cowboys' plan to manage his offseason workload."I get the governor put on me and have to be smart this time of year," Lee said. "It's tough not being out there because you want to be out there trying to lead from the front, but...