Penn State's Lee unsure of status for Iowa

September, 23, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg


Penn State star outside linebacker Sean Lee didn't practice Tuesday and isn't sure whether he'll play Saturday against Iowa (ABC, 8 p.m. ET).

Lee sprained his left knee in the second quarter of last week's game against Temple. He took a helmet to the knee but remained in the game. Penn State's team doctors haven't cleared Lee to practice and will determine later this week whether he can play.

"If I’m not moving well and playing at 100 percent, the doctors won’t put me out there," Lee said. "I would love to be out there playing. You don’t get to play in very many like this, but it’s going to be up to the docs.

"[The doctors will] tell me by the end of the week whether or not I can go. I’ll know in the next few days."

Lee said the knee is feeling better each day and dismissed reports that he also injured his ankle. He also doesn't regret taking himself out of the Temple game earlier.

"You get nicked up during games and if you feel good, you can’t just come out," said Lee, who leads Penn State in both tackles (32) and tackles for loss (7.5). "You’ve got to keep playing. I just started to realize it got more and more sore, more and more tight."

Lee is rehabbing the knee until he gets clearance to return to the field.

"I definitely feel like he’s going to be ready to play," Lions quarterback Daryll Clark said. "That’s why he’s working on it now.”

While Lee's status remains iffy, it looks more and more like fellow outside linebacker Navorro Bowman will return Saturday after missing the last two games with a groin injury. Bowman originally sustained the injury in preseason camp and re-aggravated it in the season opener against Akron.

Both Bowman and Lee are listed as "possible" for the Iowa game.

"He did practice [Tuesday] and he looked very good," Lee said of Bowman. "He looked like his normal self. He'll be fine."

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