The Dallas Cowboys were very deliberate in how they brought linebacker Sean Lee along in training camp after missing all of last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
They limited him to just individual drills the first couple of weeks before gradually letting him participate in 7-on-7 drills then team drills. They kept him out of the first two preseason games for precautionary reasons.
But now that the season is here, the Cowboys are no plans to hold Lee back in practice or games. They will monitor him, but he will not take days off in practice like quarterback Tony Romo and will not be on a pitch count.
Lee is ready to play weakside linebacker as part of the rebuilt defense.
“Any player who has been injured, you’ve got to keep your eye on them and see how they can handle the work,” coach Jason Garrett said. “You’re trying to get guys ready to play on Sunday. We think the best way to do that is to come to meetings, walk-through and practice every day and be full participants.
“But you have to take each case individually. Sean has done a great job coming back from his injury. He did get a lot of good work in camp as camp went on and as the preseason went on – he got some chances to play in games. So we feel good about where he is, but we’ll watch him, really day-by-day, just like we would anybody else.”