Sean Lee played 18 defensive snaps Saturday against the Vikings. That’s the only snaps he’s had in the last year and half. But it’s enough for him to deem himself ready for the season opener.
“Health-wise, I’m great,” the weakside linebacker said. “I’m ready to go. Now, it’s just playing 50, 60, 70 plays, week in and week out effectively. …I think I can [do it]. It’s one of those things where I think I’ll be better the more I do it.”
Lee, 29, missed last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Thus, more than anyone, he has been champing at the bit for the start of the season.
Lee said he’s so “pumped up” that he will have to “temper it a little bit.”
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“Week 1 for me, not playing in almost a year and a half, it’s going to be something I’m excited for and am going to prepare the right way for,” Lee said.
Lee stayed involved with the team last season, which will ease his return to the rhythm of an NFL work week.
“I think when I was out, I’ve always tried to somewhat mentally stay in that, preparing, being in some of the meetings, so I’ve done it a lot, so I think I’ll fall back into it,” Lee said. “But it’s one of those deals where hey, I’ve got to get back into it quickly and make sure the work I’m doing is effective.”