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Quotables: Jason Garrett speaks on Sean Lee injury, Pete Carroll confident in Kam Chancellor

Elsewhere, a skill player already has a confirmed torn ACL, while in Houston the quarterback competition is "wide open."

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"Sean's had to deal with injuries through college and also here in the NFL, and he really does everything he can to get himself ready to play."

- Jason Garrett on Sean Lee

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee injured his left knee during OTAs on Tuesday and will undergo an MRI to explore the extent of the damage. Head coach Jason Garrett's words don't have any speculative undertones other than the clear fact there's genuine concern that Lee may have suffered a dreaded ACL tear.

The injury took place when Lee tangled his knee up with rookie offensive lineman Zack Martin in a non-contact drill. According Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys are fearing the worst, though there's been no official word yet pending the results of the MRI.

If a torn ACL is indeed the diagnosis, it would be the second time Lee's suffered the injury, as he injured the same ligament in his right knee while starring at Penn State. It would also mean he would miss the 2014 season in its entirety before it got started.

In any case, it's bad news for a defense which ranked 26th in points allowed and was last in the league in total yardage allowed. Lee led the league in interception return yardage in 2013 with 174 yards on four picks. As a leader for a unit needing major improvement, Lee would obviously be missed a great deal.

Garrett was correct in his assertion that his defensive captain has battled injuries before. In four seasons, Lee has yet to play a full 16-game slate. In 2012 and 2013, he played in only 16 contests combined due to numerous injuries.

"The Falcons wanted to focus on free agency and the draft before turning their attention to their own players and their contracts."

-Ian Rapoport, NFL.com Insider on Roddy White's potential contract extension

As the Atlanta Falcons near training camp, star wide receiver Roddy White remains without a long-term contract extension. That figures to change before camp starts. Atlanta is committed to ensuring White doesn't become a free agent at the end of the 2014 season.

At this point, the Falcons are waiting for White to mourn the loss of his brother, who was shot on May 17. Both White's agent and the Falcons are waiting for the grieving process to run its course before they're comfortable moving forward with discussions.

"He’ll be back for camp and we have no hesitation in saying that."

- Pete Carroll on Kam Chancellor

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll expressed optimism that safety Kam Chancellor will be back in time for Week 1 after undergoing offseason hip surgery. The Seahawks never revealed details of the injury, making his status for the start of 2014 unknown.

On Tuesday, ESPN 710 Seattle's Liz Matthews confirmed there will be no lingering issues with Chancellor and that he'll be ready to go for the Hawks' title defense.

"There are no risks. I'm good to go. ... I'm not tentative. I'm very confident and just eager (to play)."

- Malcom Floyd

San Diego Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd is back on the practice field for OTAs and is cleared for all football activities after suffering a neck injury last season. The veteran ran with the first-team offense on Tuesday and experienced no setbacks.

It's good news for a wide receiving corps that boasted Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate Keenan Allen, who burst onto the scene in 2013 after being selected in the third round of that year's draft. Floyd's injury allowed Allen to be thrust into a starting role, and now the pair may see the field with one another.

"Whether it’s two weeks from now, three weeks from now, two months from now … we’ll make a determination on who gets the most reps to get them ready for the game."

- Bill O'Brien on the Texans' QB competition

The Houston Texans are beginning the offseason program with four quarterbacks on the roster, and each has an equal shot at taking first-team snaps under center in Week 1 as the starter. Ryan Fitzpatrick, T.J. Yates, Case Keenum and Tom Savage are all entrenched in a position battle to be the top signal-caller.

The head coach made no secret of the fact that each player would get an equal opportunity to earn the job in camp, calling it "wide open." He praised Fitzpatrick's ability to pick up the playbook quickly, but stressed that anyone could emerge as the leader at any point in time.

"I'm disappointed that I won't be playing for a Bears team that has the players and coaches to win the Super Bowl."

-Domenik Hixon, Chicago Bears wide receiver

Veteran wide receiver Domenik Hixon was expected to compete for a special teams role with the Chicago Bears in 2014, but as he announced via his Facebook page on Tuesday, he won't have that opportunity due to a torn ACL. Hixon signed a one-year, $744,000 deal with Chicago as a free agent.

The two-time Super Bowl champion with the New York Giants did not provide any details on how he injured the knee. The severity of the ailment, coupled with it being the third such injury, seems to indicate it could be career-threatening.