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Sean Lee's inactive status for Cowboys-Redskins could cost him $2 million

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With the Dallas Cowboys stuck on a disappointing 4-11 record heading into Week 17, their game against the Washington Redskins has, on the face of it, very little significance for anyone involved with 'America's Team'.

In reality, though, there is one member of the Cowboys roster for whom today's matchup at AT&T Stadium could cost him $2 million.

Costly absence

That's because, as reported by ESPN's Todd Archer, Sean Lee has been ruled inactive for Sunday's game - meaning he is more than likely to miss out on a financially rewarding bonus in his contract.


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According to Archer, the Dallas defensive end is due a $2 million increase on his base salary for the 2016 NFL season if he plays in 80-percent of the franchise's snaps this season.

Heading into Week 17, Lee was sitting pretty on 82.2-percent, according to the Dallas Morning News. His inactive status due to a hamstring issue, however, could see that figure tumble significantly.

With the Cowboys having averaged 66 defensive snaps through the season, if the team reach this figure against Washington with Lee on the sidelines he'll have to wave goodbye to almost doubling his annual salary.

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The defensive end has been one of the better performers in 2015 with 2.5 sacks, one interception and 24 tackles, and there would be few Cowboys fans who'd begrudge him his pay day.

As such, they will have more reason than usual to keep an eye on that defensive snap count. With the 2015 campaign officially categorized as a failure, it will give them something to cheer for vs. Redskins at least.

Cowboys fans: Who has been your player of the year in 2015? Have your say in the comments below...

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