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Cowboys new man in middle could be Justin time

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IRVING, Texas - As the Cowboys get ready to head to training camp one of their biggest questions remains finding a way to replace the production of injured middle linebacker Sean Lee.  Last week the team took a flyer adding former first rounder Rolando McClain.

But most of those snaps are likely going to come from someone who has been on the roster.  Heading to camp, the most likely candidate is Justin Durant.  The 8-year pro enters his second season with the Cowboys knowing the loss of Lee changes much at his position.  "It's going to be hard.  You know, Sean's one of the best players I've played with and, you know, it was just an unfortunate situation that happened, but this is football and, you know, the next guy has to step up and we have to be ready to play and hopefully we'll be ready to go out there and play well.”

Beyond the obvious play "making" ability the Cowboys have to replace in some form was Lee's play "calling" as the middle linebacker essentially sets the defense, something Durant and his teammates have struggled with during mini camp and OTA's. "Blew a lot of calls.  Weren't in the right places at the right times. Weren't communicating enough and that's one of the things we're basically focusing on right now, making sure our communication is down.  Making sure everybody knows exactly what they're doing on each and every call."

The Cowboys report to Oxnard, California in just over two weeks.
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