Saturday’s game at Arizona will be the Dallas Cowboys’ third of the preseason with two more to go before the Sept. 8 regular-season opener against the New York Giants.
Coach Jason Garrett said a final playing-time decision has not been made, but he expects the starters to play more than they did last week at Oakland, which could mean a quarter or more of work. Typically the third preseason game (or the fourth for Dallas this year) is where the starters play into the second half. The Cowboys' regulars will not play in the final preseason game against Houston on Aug. 29.
“I’m ready to play a whole game now,” Lee said. “I feel like I’m in shape to play a whole game. I think there’d be nothing wrong with us playing a full game. Maybe right now a lot of guys would disagree with me, but it’s part of it. It’s fun to be out there. The more reps we get before the season, I think the better off we’ll be.”
Lee played in only six games last year because of a toe injury. He did not miss a snap of work in the offseason program, organized team activities or the minicamp, and he has been on the field every day of training camp.
But Lee did not want to sound like he was arguing for an 18-game regular season, which NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has mentioned more than a few times.
“I’ve got to find a way to stay on the field for 16 games,” said Lee, a nod to the fact that he has not played a full season in his three years. “We’ll deal with 18 after the fact. Know what I’m saying?”