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Friday, April 23, 2010
Lee's knee led to slide in draft

By Tim MacMahon

IRVING, Texas -- Penn State linebacker Sean Lee slid to late in the second round because of concerns about his right knee.

Lee tore the ACL in the knee during 2008 spring drills, leading him to redshirt that season. He played last season with a bulky brace, but he said he's completely healthy and doesn't plan to wear a brace as a pro.

"I’ve been 100 percent for a long time now," the 6-2, 236-pound Lee said during a conference call with Valley Ranch media, acknowledging that the knee still bothered him early last season.

Lee said several teams told him that they were concerned about his health, not his ability. He understands that line of thinking but prefers to look at the situation the other way.

"I really believe that I can come back from injuries," Lee said. "I see it as a positive. A lot of these guys are going to be injured. I’ve come back from them and know how to play through them. That’s part of football."