IRVING, Texas (AP) - Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was optimistic enough after a loss in Baltimore to say his team could evolve into a Super Bowl contender "this year."
His tune and tone changed a bit when the Cowboys lost star linebacker Sean Lee to a season-ending toe injury this week. He all but declared the team's leading tackler irreplaceable and losing him in last week's 19-14 victory at Carolina was "a setback."
The Cowboys also have to play a second straight game without their best running back, DeMarco Murray. It's unclear when Murray will return from a foot injury sustained two weeks ago.
Dallas hosts the New York Giants on Sunday.