Dallas Cowboys' linebacker Sean Lee has offered fans more information on his absence from Sunday's loss to the Washington Redskins.
By missing the game, Lee unable to collect a bonus in his contract that would have increased his base salary from $3 million to $5 million in 2016. He would have needed to play in 80 percent or more of the Cowboys' defensive snaps this season.
Lee says it was he, not the Cowboys or Owner/GM Jerry Jones, that decided that he was not i good enough shape to go.
"Any time with a hamstring if it bites at all you know that it's probably not going to warm up and feel better," Lee said, according to Michael Florek of the Dallas Morning News. "As I kept warming up and running, it didn't feel better."
Lee tweaked the hamstring earlier in the week and the 29-year-old took the stance that he didn't want to play if he didn't think he could be effective.
"It was me who decided to not play," Lee said. "It didn't feel like I was going to be effective enough to help the football team. Thursday on 7-on-7, (I) didn't warm up well enough and kind of tweaked the hamstring. The problem was it was a little too close to the game.
"If I had a couple extra days I probably could've played, but it was completely my decision. I felt like I was not going to be effective and not going to be able to help the team."
Lee fell just 32 snaps shy of activating the bonus.
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