Brooking: Knee 'felt great' in first practice

IRVING, Texas – Veteran inside linebacker Keith Brooking “felt great” after his first practice of the offseason.

Brooking, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee six weeks ago, participated in the first workout of the Dallas Cowboys’ three-day minicamp.

“My knee felt better than it’s felt in a really long time, so that’s really positive,” Brooking said. “The one thing I was concerned about was just explosiveness, having my legs underneath me, because I haven’t done the football, metabolic stuff in so long. But my legs felt great. I felt strong, I felt quick. I was very pleased with the day.”

The operation was the third on Brooking’s left knee during his 13-year NFL career. He described it as a minor procedure to clean out some “floaters” under his kneecap and said he probably would have only missed one game if he had the procedure during the season.

The Cowboys are exercising caution with Brooking, which is why he missed all of organized team activities. The plan is for him to only practice once per day during the minicamp, which has morning and afternoon practices scheduled the first two days.

“Maybe I can talk them into it from now to [afternoon] practice, but I don’t think the chances are very good,” Brooking said with a smile. “I’ve been lobbying a little bit for it, and I haven’t gotten a very good response.”