Sean Lee felt like 'pansy' missing practice

SAN ANTONIO -- Sean Lee didn’t need Bradie James barking about getting the veteran inside linebackers some rest to want to return to practice.

“It’s tough not to feel like a pansy being on the sideline when you’re hurt,” Lee said. “It’s tough to really see your team grind through two-a-days and you not be part of it.”

Lee missed 13 practices while dealing with a strained quadriceps. But he didn’t look like he missed a beat during Wednesday afternoon’s practice.

The second-round pick had a pair of would-be sacks during team drills. He also sniffed out a screen, fought through traffic and got to Felix Jones behind the line of scrimmage.

Head coach/defensive coordinator Wade Phillips and linebackers coach Reggie Herring had said they weren’t too concerned about Lee missing practices because they were confident that he had a strong mental grasp of the defensive scheme.

“I think I have the basis of it,” said Lee, whose status for Sunday’s Hall of Fame Game hasn’t been determined yet. “It’s the little wrinkles I’ve got to get out. You can learn as much as you want on paper, but you have to actually get out and rep it with your body, see it full speed, play it, and that’s how you get better.”