Dallas Cowboys

Sean Lee plays for first time in more than a year, moves a step closer to the opener

Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Sean Lee (50) played for a quarter in the preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings at AT&T Stadium Saturday, August 29, 2015.
Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Sean Lee (50) played for a quarter in the preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings at AT&T Stadium Saturday, August 29, 2015. Star-Telegram

Linebacker See Lee got one the field for the first time in more than a year and he felt the same nervous energy as he did as a kid.

But after taking those initial few hits in the Cowboys’ 28-14 preseason loss to the Minnesota Vikings, Lee termed it the next step in the process of getting ready for the Sept. 13 season opener against the New York Giants.

“It was a rush thorugh the pre game, through warmups until you get out there and take the first hit,” said Lee who missed all of last season with a knee injury. “Then it’s football. It was exciting getting back with the guys, not playing for a long time and getting out there. That first series was a little different. But after that I feel back into it.”

Lee says he will be ready to play a full game in two weeks.

Lee won’t declare himself ready for the season opener. He said there is more to do and 17 snaps is not a true gauge of being to play 60. But he said he will be ready when it’s time to take the field against the Giants.

“Two weeks from now I will be ready to go,” Lee said. “I still have a lot of work to do and room to improve. I have to get better conditioning wise. But I’m on track to be ready.”

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett certainly liked what he saw from Lee, who recorded three tackles in a little more than a quarter of work.

“His night was good,” Garrett said. “I think Sean ended up playing 17 plays in the game and was very active. He had hits on the ball, was around the ball a lot and really looked like his old self.”

The Dallas Cowboys showed signs of life in their third preseason game despite falling to Minnesota 28-14 on Saturday night at AT&T Stadium.

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