(Chuck Burton / AP)

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee will have surgery on his right big toe and will miss the rest of the season.

Lee, according to Fox Sports Southwest, has a plantar plate tear. However, before having surgery, Lee, the Dallas Morning News reports, will seek a second opinion even though neither he nor the team is  expecting a different diagnosis. He was injured in the third quarter of the Cowboys’ victory Sunday over the Carolina Panthers.

The loss is a tough one for the Cowboys, who must play the New York Giants in Dallas on Sunday and the Falcons in Atlanta the following week. Dan Connor is likely to replace Lee and he team also signed linebacker Ernie Sims. The Cowboys placed punter Chris Jones, who has a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament, on the injured reserve list and signed safety Charlie Peprah.

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