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IRVING, Tex. — Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee’s return to active duty is hard to miss.

Lee was credited with a team-high 14 tackles with two tackles for loss and an interception in the 20-10 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday. He also broke up two passes and capped off his stellar night by recovering an onside kick.

It ranks as the most productive night by a defensive player in the Cowboys’ points system, which grades players on every play.

“Ridiculously high. I think he broke the production points record by 20-plus points in the game,” head coach Jason Garrett said. “It’s great to have him back. It’s a long road back for him. He spent a lot of time rehabbing and getting himself healthy enough to play. He did it the right way.

“He was big-time in the game. He really, really showed up. He is a damn good player. And he has such a positive influence on his teammates.”

Lee was playing in only his second game since missing last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, and showed that he is fully back to being a difference-making player.

–Wide receiver Dez Bryant underwent a bone graft as well as having a screw placed in his foot during surgery to repair a fractured bone in his foot. The procedure has not changed the timetable for his return. He is expected to be out six to eight weeks.

Last year, defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot – the same as Bryant – and had a similar procedure that included a bone graft. He broke the bone in practice on July 30, 2014, was placed on short-term IR and returned for a Nov. 2 game.

The fifth metatarsal is the long bone on the outside of the foot, connecting to the little toe.

–Safety Danny McCray made the play of the day against the Eagles with a blocked punt that linebacker Kyle Wilber returned for a touchdown.

McCray got to Eagles punter Donnie Jones in the third quarter, and Wilber returned it 26 yards for the game’s first touchdown.

It was the first time the Cowboys returned a blocked punt for a touchdown since Ken Norton blocked a punt that was returned three yards for a touchdown by Robert Williams against the Giants in 1992.

–Running back Joseph Randle has more yards than DeMarco Murray so far but he is not tearing it up on the ground. Randle rushed 18 times for 51 yards to lead a Cowboys rushing attack that amassed 109 yards on 33 carries in Sunday’s game against the Eagles. Darren McFadden added 10 carries for 31 yards and even quarterback Tony Romo had a rush of 12 yards.

All were more than the two yards on 13 carries that a disappointed Murray gained against the stingy Cowboys defense.

Randle has 34 carries for 116 yards in two games this season compared to 11 yards on 21 carries for Murray.

–Tight end Jason Witten played through Sunday’s game with injuries to both ankles and his knee. But he played on and intends to do so this week against the Atlanta Falcons.

–Left guard Ron Leary missed the Eagles game with a strained groin but he is expected to return to practice this week and could play against the Falcons. Mackenzy Bernadeau and La’el Collins split snaps in his absence.

–Tight end James Hanna missed the Eagles game because he had a knee scope on Saturday morning. The Cowboys say the surgery was minor and expect him to be able to play this week against Atlanta.


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