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Originally published August 21, 2013 at 8:56 PM | Page modified August 21, 2013 at 9:00 PM

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Cowboys sign linebacker Lee to six-year extension

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IRVING, Texas — Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Sean Lee signed a six-year contract extension Wednesday, a deal that goes through the 2019 season.

A story on the team’s website Wednesday night said Lee’s deal is worth about $42 million, but could escalate as high as $51 million depending on different incentives. The guaranteed money is around $16 million.

“I’m extremely excited. I was blessed to be able to be drafted by a great franchise,” Lee said in a video interview posted along with the story. “To have an opportunity to be here a long time and hopefully compete for a Super Bowl is fantastic.”

Lee’s agent, Mike McCartney, posted a message on his Twitter account congratulating the linebacker.

“Congrats to SEAN LEE for agreeing to a 6 year extension with the @dallascowboys,” the agent tweeted.

Notes

• Pittsburgh rookie running back Le’Veon Bell has been ruled out of Saturday’s game against Kansas City with a right foot injury.

Bell underwent an MRI on Tuesday and coach Mike Tomlin said he will wait for a second opinion before making a determination about Bell’s long-term status. Tomlin brushed aside reports that Bell is out several weeks. “I’ll address the injuries (Thursday),” Tomlin said. “I haven’t met with the doctors (yet).”

• Houston running back Arian Foster was removed from the physically unable to perform list and practiced with the Texans for the first time since May.

Foster strained his right calf in an offseason practice in late May and struggled with a sore back after recovering from that injury.

“It’s really important,” coach Gary Kubiak said. “He’s been working, it’s not like he’s been standing around. He’s been trying to get all that soreness out and he felt really good the last two days. I think we took a big step forward.”

Robert Griffin III moved a step closer toward a Week 1 return when he took full-speed, full-team snaps against the first-string Washington defense for the first time since his knee surgery.

• The Baltimore Ravens acquired running back Delone Carter from the Indianapolis Colts by unloading reserve wide receiver and kick returner David Reed.

• Houston defensive end Antonio Smith lost his cool in an exhibition game, and it’s going to keep him out of the team’s season opener. Smith was suspended by the NFL on Wednesday for Week 1 of the regular season and the last two exhibition games for hitting Miami guard Richie Incognito with the Dolphins player’s helmet.

• The Arizona Cardinals have signed Dan Carpenter to compete with Jay Feely as the team’s kicker.

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