SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The Penn State linebacker that missed last season with a knee injury was excited to get back on the field Sunday. So excited that he tried to play more.
Sounds like Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee, right?
Maybe next week. On Sunday it was San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman, who was credited with three tackles and two for loss in his first work since a gruesome injury in the 2013 NFC playoffs.
Lee, meanwhile, was a spectator for his second straight game as he makes his way back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament that knocked him out of 2014.
“You want to be out there with your guys and you want to be playing football but they have a plan for me and I’m just following it,” Lee said. “Next week should be a good week to start playing.”
The Cowboys have slowly allowed Lee to build a good base as he comes back. He began training camp doing only individual drills before moving up to seven on seven and team work. He was backed off some last week, sitting out of team drills for three straight practices.
“I feel great,” Lee said. “I mean I obviously haven’t played football for a long time but I think I’ve come back and I think done a good job in practice. But one thing is taking it to the game, that’s the next step. That’s something I need to do.”
The Cowboys play the Minnesota Vikings at AT&T Stadium on Saturday but have only three full practice days left in Oxnard, California.
“It means I’ve got to put a lot of work in,” Lee said. “It’s time for me to keep ramping up and that’s the plan they have. To load and continue to build. We’ve done a good job of that. Now it’s time hopefully to get into playing a lot more football.”