Sean Lee's return pleased Monte Kiffin

December, 6, 2013
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IRVING, Texas -- The return of middle linebacker Sean Lee from a two-game absence due to a pulled left hamstring has brought good news to Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.

Lee's return means Ernie Sims goes back to the bench in the base defense and Kiffin gets his playcaller and one of his top tacklers back for Monday's game at the Chicago Bears.

"It's pretty big, I’d like to see 50 out there running around. It’s a pretty nice deal," Kiffin said of Lee, who has 93 tackles and four interceptions this season. "I’ll say the thing for the whole group of linebackers [is] they stepped up and did a heck of a job. [I] can't say enough about Ernie Sims stepping up and playing mike linebacker and Barry Church playing some dime and things like that. They all did a good job."

The Cowboys missed Lee's playmaking skills the last few weeks. His four interceptions lead the team and are tied for fourth in the NFL. He just seems to have a way of finding the ball and ball carriers, and although the Bears don't have the best rushing attack in the league, running back Matt Forte is considered a solid player at his position.

"I think he's a special player when he plays," Kiffin said of Lee. "He's the quarterback of your defense, he’s sideline-to-sideline, and like a lot of different type of Mike linebackers he can do it all. He can go sideline-to-sideline, Cover 2, play man-to-man and then he's like a coach on the field. He makes calls we do things with our Mike linebacker who makes a lot of calls. He does a heck of a job."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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