Sean Lee missed the final three games of the Dallas Cowboys' regular season because of a neck injury but the team does not believe the injury will affect the middle linebacker's offseason preparation.

"We think this is a time thing," coach Jason Garrett said. "We don't think it's a surgery thing."

Lee suffered a sprained ligament in his neck in the Dec. 9 loss to the Chicago Bears. The Cowboys kept hoping Lee could return for a possible playoff appearance and did not place him on injured reserve.