Dallas Cowboys

Sean Lee: I need to get out there and start playing football

The wait continues for Sean Lee.

The Cowboys linebacker was among the healthy scratches for Sunday’s preseason game, but is ready to get back on the field. He made that clear after the game.

“I need to get out there and start playing football,” Lee said. “I have come back and done a good job in practice. Taking it to the game is the next step. That is something I need to do.”

Lee, 29, hasn’t played a game since December 2013. He missed last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Lee has repeatedly said he feels great, although the Cowboys have monitored him throughout training camp. The goal, they’ve said all along, is simply to have Lee ready to go for the regular season.

But, in Lee’s mind, that means he’ll need some preseason reps as well.

“You want to be out there and playing football,” Lee said. “This will be a good week to start playing. You need to play in preseason.”

With Lee out, rookie Damien Wilson started at weakside linebacker for the Cowboys on Sunday. Kyle Wilber was the starting middle linebacker, and Andrew Gachkar started on the strongside.