Cowboys LB Sean Lee hopes to practice this week

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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - The Cowboys could be getting more help for their struggling defensive unit as linebacker Sean Lee is nearing a return.

Lee, who has missed the entire season to this point after undergoing hernia surgery, hopes to take part in practice this week if he can gain clearance from the team's medical staff. But how far away is he from playing in an actual game?

"I don't know how far away," Lee said Wednesday. "I know this, I'm excited to practice and the hope is that once I start practicing I can feel great, I can get into game shape and then help any way that I can. I'm excited to get back and get to practice. I didn't have a (training) camp, I didn't have any of that. So I've been waiting to put the helmet on, put the pads on in practice. So hopefully sooner than later but I've got to go through the process still."

As for what he might be able to do in practice this week? Lee said his "hope is to get some (individual) work in and some scout team."

Lee appeared in all 16 games last season for the first time in his 10-year career. Prior to last season, he had missed a total of 51 games out of 160 possible games.