ARLINGTON, Texas -- Sean Lee was dealing with two issues heading into Sunday's game.
His left wrist, dislocated, was covered up in a cast that was shaped like a club. His college, Penn State, is trying to recover from a terrible scandal that saw the firing of six-decades-long coach Joe Paterno after sexual assault charges were brought against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
In Penn State's first game without Paterno, the Nittany Lions lost to Nebraska 17-14 on Saturday. There was an overwhelming amount of support by the players from both teams and the fans to take note of the victims in a pregame prayer.
"It was very tough," Lee said. "The whole situation up there is horrible. But like I said, I was really proud of our school, the way we responded in the game Saturday, and I thought the focus is now on the victims trying to make sure justice is served, raising awareness on child abuse, and I think that’s where the school has focused and that’s the right thing to do."
As for his own game Sunday, Lee was back in the starting lineup after missing last week's game with the injury. He finished with four tackles, three solo. There were times Lee had trouble making tackles because he was playing one-handed. Shedding blocks wasn't an issue. He played in pain, using medication to numb the wrist, but it wasn't anything he couldn't handle.
"The biggest thing is struggling to tackle from the side," Lee said. "I kept feeling like I couldn’t wrap up and I keep sliding down. There were two or three tackles where I was sliding down where usually I make. So it's something that I'm going to have to maybe try to take the legs out, try to dive a little bit try to figure something out to be better."